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Vitamin E gives some relief from hot flashes

According to a report in the Journal of Clinical Oncolog vitamin E may help to relieve hot flashes in breast cancer survivors.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota looked at the effect of vitamin E on hot flashes in 104 women who had survived breast cancer. The women were experiencing at least two hot flashes per day.

The study took nine weeks. In weeks 2 to 5 the women took either vitamin E or a placebo and in weeks 6 to 9 they took the alternative pill. The results showed that in general women taking vitamin E experienced approximately one less hot flash per day than women taking the placebo.

The researchers felt that this difference was not large enough to be clinically important.

 Journal of Clinical Oncology 1998; 16: 495-500