This powerful vitamin helps protect your body against toxic substances and is believed to be a useful supplement for preventing some neurological diseases and may also help protect skin from ultraviolet radiation and sunburns.
It helps protect the lungs against air pollution, especially when a person is breathing hard during rigorous exercise. Because it also help strengthens immune function, when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's it was suggested that it might also be beneficial for her to take the supplement. So far, it seems to be most effective however, only in the beginning stages.
It helps prevent clotting of blood vessels by keeping the blood thin, and this in turn helps prevent strokes.
It is especially vital to skin and hair health.
Inhibits free radical chain reactions that damage cells.
Prevents oxidation of artery clogging LDL cholesterol.
Reduces the risk of macular degeneration and cataract formation.
Reduces the risk of Alzheimer's Disease.
It also works in conjunction with glutathione and selenium. It also prevents the oxidation of cells that protect us against environmental toxins such as air pollution and damage against radiation.
Vitamin E deficiencies may occur as a result of a number of malabsorption syndromes or as a result of protein-energy malnutrition.
It is also possible that a deficiency in some individuals may be caused by genetics, fat malabsorption syndromes, as well as by a wide range of liver ailments, pancreatic, and intestinal disorders including cystic fibrosis, cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, short bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, celiacs disease, vascular thrombosis, intestinal pseudo-obstruction, intestinal lymphangiectasia, Whipple's syndrome, and sclerodermal bowel disease. The effects of vitamin E deficiency in children can many times be reversed by simple supplementation.
Case Studies Of Vitamin E
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas - Found that taking 800 IU a day for 3 months reduced LDL oxidation by 40 percent.
Harvard Nurses Study of 87,000 Women - Incidence of major heart disease was 41 percent less in those taking 100-250 IU daily for 2 years as compared to those not taking supplements and 29 percent less chance of stroke.
Harvard Physicians Study of 40,000 Men - Those taking over 100 IU daily for more than 2 years showed a 37 percent reduction of Myocardial Infarction. (heart attack)
Tufts University - People over the age of 60 taking 400-800 IU daily were noted to have increased immune responses that approached levels of much younger persons.
Iowa Study of 35,000 Women - Studied women under 65 who had the highest intake of E Vitamin had a 68 percent lower risk of colon cancer.
National Cancer Institute - Taking E supplements for 6 months cut the risk of cancers of the mouth and throat in half.
Yale University - Taking supplements of E Vitamin daily cut lung cancer risk in half among non-smokers.
Foods High in Vitamin E
1 C. raw
1/2 C. lightly steamed
1/4 C. raw
1 Oz. dry
Wheat Germ Oil
*These serving sizes provide around 25 IU's.
RDA Daily amounts in a multivitamin are around 25 IU of Vitamin E. It is however, recommended that most people get between 400 – 800 IU (International Units) daily instead.
The food amounts you'd need to get 400 IU a day would be: 2 quarts of oil, 5 pounds wheat germ, 8 cups of almonds, or 28 cups of peanuts. You can see why any reasonable diet can only supply a fraction of the amount we can consume from food and is yet another reason to take the supplemental form.
It's a great weapon for the common cold and congestion! Research also shows that using doses substantially higher than the RDA suggests, shows evidence that higher amounts of Vitamin E may be helpful for preventing pre-eclampsia and treating other conditions such as: cardiac autonomic neuropathy (a complication of diabetes), menstrual pain, low sperm count, restless leg syndrome, acute inflammation of eye tissues, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's Disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. However, the evidence for its effectiveness in treating or preventing most of these conditions is inconclusive and more research is needed.
The most beneficial brands of Vitamin E are labeled 'Natural' and *'D-alpha'. Some of them come with Selenium too. It's also inexpensive so it's easy on the pocketbook, vital to your health!
* Always opt for 'D-Alpha' supplements. (not the 'Dl-Alpha') Dl-alpha's are an 'inactive/synthetic' form of the supplement. Pure crap folks! Don't waste your money!
Contraindications: If you have a clotting disorder or take a blood thinner like Coumadin, Heparin, or Aspirin, you should not take more than 200 IU daily. It is also prudent to stop taking it for a week or two before or after surgery.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.