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June 1997 Issue

Vitamin E Boosts Immune Response in Older Adults

Vitamin E makes headlines again—time for boosting immunity in older people. Normal aging is associated with a decline in immunity, which contributes to illness. In an eight-month study, 88 healthy Bostonians, 65 and older, were randomly given daily supplements of 60, 200 or 800 milligrams (International Units) of vitamin E or a placebo. Those taking 200 milligrams (about seven times the Daily Value) showed the most improvement in several laboratory measures of immunity

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