Saturday, 9 January 2010

Vitamin E – Benefits and Side Effects

Vitamin E is known to have antioxidant properties that are effective for eliminating free radicals in the body. It is necessary for treating cardiovascular illnesses as well as in enhancing cognitive functions, which is helpful for Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin E is essential for keeping the heart, skin, red blood cells and the nerve muscles healthy. It keeps the cells capable in fighting infections and preventing arteries from being clogged. This way, blood can freely flow in the arteries.

Vitamin E is commonly found in foods such as nuts, vegetable oil, fortified cereals and green vegetables. Sweet potatoes, wheat germ, spinach, broccoli and avocados, as well as canned tuna, salmon and eggs are also great sources of vitamin E.

Vitamin E is usually taken with vitamin C for treating skin wounds and to fight cigarette smoke and other environmental pollutants. The vitamin also has the capability to eliminate harmful toxins in the body including mercury, which is present in most fish. The vitamin is important in protecting the body against certain cancers and it is beneficial for the immune system. Vitamin E has properties that can benefit people who have rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. It also protects the skin against the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays that can cause sunburn and radiation.

Over dosage of vitamin E may cause weakness, headache, fatigue, nausea, flatulence, diarrhea and blurred vision. If you are experiencing such symptoms, consult your doctor.

Vitamin E deficiency is common and may affect people who have difficulty in dietary fats absorption. Lack of this vitamin may affect muscle coordination and may damage the nerves. It can also cause inability of walking. According to research, vitamin E deficiency may be result of genetic disorders as well as various conditions including intestinal and pancreatic disorders, hepatobiliary, primary biliary cirrhosis, short bowel movement, chronic pancreatitis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, blind loop syndrome and Whipple’s syndrome among others.

Vitamin E is known to be a blood thinner so people who are into blood thinning medication such as anticoagulants or aspirin must seek advice from a doctor before taking Vitamin E supplements. You must follow the Recommended Daily Allowance in taking Vitamin E to avoid over dosage.

Vitamin E supplements have various types including beta-tocopherol, alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol and delta-tocopherol. The most effective form of vitamin E is alpha-tocopherol, which is most absorbed by our body.

People who have anemia, burns, and children with epilepsy, elder people who have immune system dysfunction, tardive dyskinesia, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease, must take Vitamin E.

Studies show that natural vitamin E is better than synthetic vitamin E. Alpha-tocopherol is present in natural vitamin E as well as the other types of vitamin E. There is little evidence of the value of delta and beta forms of vitamin E but some researchers agree that gamma tocopherol has the same level of importance with alpha-tocopherol. On the other hand, some studies suggest that gamma tocopherol is more useful than alpha tocopherol in terms of the protection against different kinds of oxidative damage. Some experts say that high dosage of alpha tocopherol may result to the decrease of blood levels and increase of breakdown.

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