Vitamin E

We recommend:

Nature’s Sunshine¬†Vitamin E400 IU with Selenium

What is it?

Vitamin E is a fat soluble nutrient, a powerful anti-oxidant involved in the prevention of blood clots and promoting healing of damaged tissues. It help protect fatty tissues in the body and prevents damage to cholesterol. It is also involved in glucose metabolism, blood cell regulation and oxygentation; immune, healing and inflammatory response; grwoth of connective tissue ie collagen, skin and blood vessels.

Function How it helps
Antioxidant/free radical scavenger

It inhibits the oxidation of fat components by heat, heavy metals, copper, iron and certain medications. Oxidationof blood fats and LDL cholesterol is a primary factor in atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Cardiovascular support Acts as an antioxidant and also help raise levels of HDL cholesterol.
Blood sugar regulation Helps to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.
Cell protection Helps prevent oxidative damage to fatty components in the cell membranes.
Brain & nervous system support Many brain and nerve disorders have oxidative damage as a causal factor and vitamin E deficiencies have been scientifically linked with many such diseases.
Female health Evidence from menopause studies reports that vitamin E helps reverse vaginal atrophy and reduces susceptibility to vaginal infections. PMT symptoms such as headaches, nervousness and depression have been relieved with vitamin E therapy. Vitamin E status has been found to measurably decline in pregnancy, which is especially of concern as a deficiency during this period has been linked with an increased risk of premature birth, low birth weights and pre-eclampsia
Skin healing Helps prevent oxidative damage and is mildly anti-inflammatory.

 

What is it used for?
Cardiovascular dissease Circulatory disorders such as Raynauds disease Poor wound healing
Eczema/dermatitis Nervous system disorders such as Parkinsons/dementia/Alzheimers PMT

 

Best food sources
Avocado Eggs Leafy green vegetables
Margerine Nuts and seeds Vegetable oils
Wholegrain bread & cereals Wheat germ oil Spinach
Almonds Peanuts

 

Deficiency Symptoms

Cardiovascular disease

Cataracts

Parkinson’s disease

Cell damage or abnormalities

Peripheral neuropathy

Epilepsy

Macular Degeneration

Alzheimer’s disease

Pre-eclampsia

Low birth weight

Male infertility

Gallstones

Supplementation dosage range

Vitamin E is a very safe nutrient. Supplements are normally between 100 – 1000iu per capsule, typically you might take 400 – 800 iu daily.

Other information

If you have a diet high in evening primrose oil, borage, linseed or fish oils, it may be useful to take a vitamin E supplement to prevent oxidation of these oils.

It is best taken in the natural form d alpha-tocopherol.

Cautions

  • No known toxicity for levels found in supplements.

  • High doses of vitamin E should not be taken with anti-coagulant drugs (e.g. warfarin, heparin, aspirin, etc), unless medically supervised as it may compound the drugs’ effect.

  • Due to its anti-clotting effects, high doses of vitamin E should be avoided prior to going into labour or undergoing surgery, unless under strict medical supervision.

  • If receiving chemotherapy, consult physician before using high doses.

  • Vitamin E supplementation may reduce insulin requirement, therefore insulin-dependent diabetics should only use high doses under strict medical supervision. It is advisable to begin with lower doses (i.e. 67mg/100iu or less), with any increase being made slowly, allowing for greater accuracy in adjusting insulin intake. High-doses may falsely exaggerate the effect on blood sugar control of sulfonylurea drugs.

  • Do not use high doses of vitamin E in either rheumatic or ischaemic heart disease unless under strict medical supervision.
    Although there appears to be no research to support this concern, there have been reports that beginning a vitamin E regime on high doses may cause a temporary elevation in blood pressure in some already hypertensive patients. This may warrant starting with lower doses (i.e. 67mg/100iu) and gradually increasing to the indicated level.

 

Factors which deplete levels, impair absorption and/or inhibit activity:

Fat blocking agents

Cholesterol/lipid lowering drugs

Alcohol

Tobacco

Anti-convulsants

Antacids

Mineral oils

Isoniazid

Ferrous sulfate

 

 

 

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