How does vitamin E protect against heart disease and stroke?

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Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine
Vitamin E protects cholesterol from being turned into a sticky form that attaches to the walls of arteries. In doing so, vitamin E may help to prevent the formation of arterial plaques. This lowers the incidence of coronary artery disease and fatal heart attacks. Vitamin E is also a powerful anti-clotting agent, which helps blood flow through arteries more easily when fatty plaques are already present. Vitamin E is found naturally in nuts, vegetable oils, whole grains, egg yolks and leafy green vegetables.

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