Vitamin E can help reduce the risk of heart failure in diabetics, new research in the United States claims. Researchers at the University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas found that when Vitamin E is consumed, the vitamin can enter body cells that contribute to plaque in the blood vessels and help reduce the swelling which can lead to heart illness, or cardiovascular disease. The antioxidant properties of Vitamin E are the key to reducing the inflammation, the tests determined. Vitamin E, along with Vitamin C, are known aseffective antioxidants, fighting off free radicals which can damage healthy body cells. Researchers conducted a study of 75 patients who had Type 2 diabetes, which is a common form of the disease. Test subjects received l,200 internationalunits of Vitamin E daily, and all of the persons tested showed a lowering of inflammation in their blood. The test participants included both patients who were diabetic and had heart disease and some who were neither diabetic nor had heart disease. Bloodtests were administered both before and after the study to determine the effect of the Vitamin E intake on inflammation.