Benefits Of Vitamin E Supplements
It is a fat soluble vitamin; fat soluble vitamins are absorbed through the intestinal tract with the help of fats (lipids) and are more likely to accumulate in the body and can cause a toxic reaction.
The body needs zinc to maintain the proper levels of vitamin E in the blood.
The Health Benefits Of Vitamin E
Its primary tasks is to:
- aid leg cramps
- aid in preventing cataracts
- assist in the utilization of vitamin K
- help in the formation of red blood cells
- help stop oxidation of cholesterol in the arteries
- improve athletic performance
- improve circulation
- maintain metabolic control in diabetes
- maintain proper functioning of the muscles and nerves
- may prevent age spots
- prevent cell damage
- prevent oxidation (a chemical reaction that can cause illness or disease)
- promote normal clotting and healing
- protect against certain cancers and cardiovascular disease
- provide relief of fibrocystic breast and PMS
- reduce blood pressure
- reduce scarring from some wounds
- repair tissue
- retard aging
Vitamin E Food Sources:
Asparagus, avocados, brown rice, cold pressed vegetable oils, cornmeal, dark green leafy vegetables, desiccated liver, dry beans, eggs, legumes, milk, nuts, oatmeal, organ meats, poultry, seafood, seeds, sweet potatoes, whole grains and wheat germ.
Signs of Deficiency:
Those most likely to experience symptoms of vitamin E deficiency are the elderly, those with chronic liver disease and those on very low-fat diets.
Anemia, dry skin, inability to concentrate, lethargy, loss of balance, and staggering gait.
Medical Uses of Vitamin E:
Acne, Alzheimer's disease, arteriosclerosis, bronchitis, cancer, cataracts, constipation, diabetes, fibrocystic breast disease, gallstones, gingivitis, heart attack and cardiovascular disease, hemorrhoids, infertility, irritable bowel syndrome, macular degeneration, menopausal complaints, Parkinson's disease, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcers.
Possible Side Effects And Warnings:
There are no known side effects of vitamin E except in extremely high doses.
Anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid or rheumatic heart disease should consult with their doctor before taking vitamin E supplements.
Do not take iron at the same time that you take vitamin E.
Vitamin E can enhance the effect of blood thinning medications.