Vitamin E

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Despite the fact that its name makes it seem a single substance, vitamin E actually includes a family of fat-soluble vitamins that are active throughout the body.

Some members of the vitamin E family are called tocopherols and others tocotrienols.


1. Overview
2. The role of vitamin E in treating and preventing diseases
3. Side effects following administration of vitamin E
4. Special precautions and warnings

The role of vitamin E in treating and preventing diseases

Vitamin E plays an important role in prevention and treatment of the following conditions:
- Acne
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Angina pectoris
- Asthma
- Atherosclerosis
- Breast cancer
- Diabetes
- Epilepsy
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Gout
- Graves disease
- Male infertility
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Macular degeneration
- Menopause
- Migraine
- Multiple sclerosis
- Oral cancer
- Osteoarthritis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Peptic ulcer
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension
- Psoriasis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Senile cataract
- Squamous cell cancer
- Stroke
- Tardive dyskinesia
- Vaginitis

Side effects following administration of vitamin E

The administration of vitamin E is pretty safe in healthy people, when applied to the skin or taken oral capsules. Most people do not experience any adverse effect when they do not exceed the recommended daily dose of 15 mg.

Vitamin E used in large quantities may involve health risks. If you have a condition such as a cardiovascular disease or diabetes, you should not exceed 400 IU or more. Some research suggests that high doses could lead to death or other serious adverse effects.

There are some concerns that the vitamin E could increase the likelihood of triggering a severe stroke (hemorrhagic stroke). Some research suggests that taking large amounts of multivitamins containing vitamin E may increase risk of developing prostate cancer in some men.

Large amounts of vitamin E can cause nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fatigue, weakness, headaches, blurred vision, rash, bruising and bleeding.

Special precautions and warnings

- Pregnancy and Lactation – When used in the recommended amount every day, it is possible that vitamin E to be safe for pregnant and nursing women. It appears that vitamin E could be dangerous to the fetus when used during early pregnancy, but more research is needed in this direction. However, vitamin E should not be used during pregnancy without consulting a doctor.

- Retinitis pigmentosa – It seems that 400 IU of synthetic vitamin E accelerated vision loss in people with retinitis pigmentosa. However, small quantities do not seem to produce this effect. If you have this condition, it is best to avoid vitamin E.

- Prostate cancer – There concerns about that administration of vitamin E could increase the likelihood of developing prostate cancer. However, the effect of vitamin E in men already suffering from prostate cancer is unclear. Theoretically, however, use of vitamin E could worsen prostate cancer in men already diagnosed with the disease.

- Surgery – vitamin E could increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. It will stop the use of vitamin E, with at least 2 weeks before the time of surgery.



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