Washington: Taking a specific form of a vitamin E supplement can give ex-smokers an extra booth in their endeavors toward a healthier lifestyle, new research has found. In the small study, improvement in blood vessel function associated with the added vitamin E potentially translates into an estimated 19 percent greater drop in future risk for cardiovascular disease.Smokers were recruited to participate in a study to quit smoking for seven days, with blood markers of inflammation and blood vessel function measured before and after the trial. After seven days of not smoking, participants saw an increase in their vascular function by an average of 2.8 percent. Those who quit smoking and also took the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E showed a 1.5 percent additional improvement in vascular function.While these changes in vascular function may appear to be small, previous large-scale studies suggest that every 1 percent increase in vascular function - or improvement in the blood vessel`s ability to dilate - translates into a 13 percent drop in risk of developing heart disease later in life.
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