Angina — heart pain
“High doses of vitamin E have been used to treat angina since the early 1950’s. Drs. Wilfrid and Evan Shute, who were both brothers and cardiologists, gave patients somewhere between 1,600 to 2,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin E daily and it eliminated angina symptoms in hundreds and hundreds of documented cases.”
“This therapy helps reduce the arterial blockage,” says Williams, Nutrition and Diet Therapy, Seventh Edition (Mosby, 1993, p 186), a standard dietetics work.
- Vitamin E has an oxygen-sparing effect on the heart, enabling the heart can do more work on less oxygen. The benefit for recovering heart attack patients is considerable. 1200 to 2000 IU daily relieves angina very well.
- Vitamin E moderately prolongs prothrombin clotting time, and has a limited Coumadin/warfarin effect. This is the reason behind the Shutes’ using vitamin E for thrombophlebitis and related conditions. Their dose? about 1000 to 2000 IU daily.
- Vitamin E dilates and promotes collateral circulation and benefits diabetes patients or anyone threatened with gangrene. Dose: tailored to patient; about 800 IU or more.
- Vitamin E strengthens and regulates heartbeat like digitalis (foxglove) and its derivatives at a dose adjusted between 800 to 3000 IU daily.
- Vitamin E reduces scarring when frequently applied topically to burns or sites of lacerations or surgical incisions along with a daily oral dose of 800 IU.
- Vitamin E helps gradually break down clots at a maintained dose of between 800 IU and 3,000 IU.
- Vitamin E is vastly safer than drugs, as doses of up to 56,000 IU per day fail to harm adult humans. Gradual dosage increase is advised, and patients with congestive heart failure, rheumatic hearts or high blood pressure need careful medical supervision
studies must be weighed against the Shute’s 30,000 cured patients and their four books: Complete Updated Vitamin E Book (Keats), Health Preserver (Rodale, 1977), Vitamin E for Ailing and Healthy Hearts (Pyramid, 1975) and Your Child and Vitamin E (Keats, 1979).
And vitamin E is safe, remarkably non-toxic. In fact, “toxicity symptoms have not been reported even at intakes of 800 IU per kilogram of body weight daily for 5 months” according to the Food and Nutrition Board. his demonstrated safe level would work out to be around 56,000 IU daily for an average adult, some 5000 times the RDA!
Why supplement with vitamin E? Our need for vitamin E increases with increased age, exposure to toxins (smoking, air pollution, chemical oxidants), pregnancy and lactation. Even an increased consumption of polyunsaturated fats requires more vitamin E to protect the unsaturated fatty acids from free radical attack. For most healthy adults, an optimum daily amount of vitamin E would probably be about 600 IU. It must certainly be higher than the US RDA of only about 10 or 15 IU.
Three Vitamins Fight Heart Disease
Vitamin E: Safe, Effective, and Heart-Healthy
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, and the evidence supporting vitamin E’s efficacy in preventing and reversing heart disease is overwhelming.
Two landmark studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine  followed a total of 125,000 men and women health care professionals for a total of 839,000 person study-years. It was found that those who supplement with at least 100 IU of vitamin E daily reduced their risk of heart disease by 59 to 66%. The studies were adjusted for life-style differences (smoking, physical activity, dietary fiber intake, aspirin use) in order to determine the heart effect of vitamin E supplementation alone. Because a diet high in foods containing vitamin E as compared to the average diet further showed only a slight heart-protective effect, the authors emphasized the necessity of vitamin E supplementation.
Researchers at Cambridge
 in England
reported that patients who had been diagnosed with coronary arteriosclerosis could lower their risk of having a heart attack by 77% by supplementing with 400 IU to 800 IU per day of the natural (d-alpha tocopherol) form of vitamin E.
Pioneer vitamin E researchers and clinicians Drs. Wilfrid and Evan Shute treated some 30,000 patients over several decades and found that people in average health received maximum benefit from 800 IU of the d-alpha tocopherol form of vitamin E. Vitamin E has been proven effective in the prevention and treatment of many heart conditions. “The complete or nearly complete prevention of angina attacks is the usual and expected result of treatment with alpha tocopherol” according to Wilfrid Shute, M. D., a cardiologist. Shute prescribed up to 1,600 IU of vitamin E daily and successfully treated patients for acute coronary thrombosis, acute rheumatic fever, chronic rheumatic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, diabetes mellitus, acute and chronic nephritis, and even burns, plastic surgery and mazoplasia.
Vitamin C Saves Lives
“Since vitamin C deficiency is the common cause of human heart disease, vitamin C supplementation is the universal treatment for this disease.”  Heart disease is the number one killer in the US
. For those with existing heart disease Dr. Pauling said that blockage of heart arteries could actually be reversed by supplementing with 6,000 mg of vitamin C and 6,000 mg of lysine (a common amino acid) taken in divided doses throughout the day. Vitamin C supplementation both lowers serum cholesterol levels and repairs lesions of arterial walls. 1998 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Louis J. Ignarro found that supplementing with vitamin C and vitamin E significantly reduces the risk of developing arteriosclerosis.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) Lowers High Cholesterol Safely
There is a safe, inexpensive, nonprescription, convenient and effective way to reduce high cholesterol levels and reduce heart disease risk: niacin. Niacin is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin, vitamin B-3. One of niacin’s unique properties is its ability to help you naturally relax and to fall asleep more rapidly at night. It is well established that niacin helps reduce harmful cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Niacin is one of the best substances for elevating high density lipoprotein cholesterol (the “good cholesterol) and so decreases the ratio of the total cholesterol over high density cholesterol.
The finding that niacin lowered cholesterol was soon confirmed by Parsons, Achor, Berge, McKenzie and Barker (1956) and Parsons (1961, 1961a, 1962) at the Mayo Clinic, which launched niacin on its way as a hypocholesterolemic substance. Since then it has been found to be a normalizing agent, meaning it elevates high density lipoprotein cholesterol, decreases low density and very low density lipoprotein cholesterol and lowers triglycerides. Grundy, Mok, Zechs and Berman (1981) found it lowered cholesterol by 22 percent and triglycerides by 52 percent and wrote, “To our knowledge, no other single agent has such potential for lowering both cholesterol and triglycerides.”