Vitamin E

Overview:

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant found in many leafy green vegetables, nuts, and seeds.  It is useful in many of the body processes.  Vitamin E is especially notable due to its contribution toward healthy skin and hair as well as its antioxidant properties, which help to protect the body cells from harm.  People most commonly take Vitamin E if they have Vitamin E deficiency.  There are overdose symptoms associated with taking too much Vitamin E so people considering taking a Vitamin E supplement should consult their doctor to ensure that they take the appropriate amount.

 

Benefits:

Vitamin E is necessary for many of the body’s processes.  It is useful in overall the structure and maintenance of the cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle.  It also maintains the storage of other helpful vitamins and nutrients such as Vitamins A and K, iron, and selenium.  As an antioxidant, Vitamin E helps to protect the cells from damage done by free radicals.  It also helps to prevent heart disease by preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.  Vitamin E can help to prevent serious health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cataracts.  Vitamin E is useful in preventing diabetes-induced damage, especially that affecting the eyes.  Because Vitamin E is fat soluble, its effects are best received when taken with food.

Being deficient in Vitamin E could lead to the inability to secrete bile and digestive and excretory issues.  People unable to digest dietary fat, or who have a disabilities in fat metabolism, or were born with a low birth rate are more susceptible.  People with cystic fibrosis are also more at risk for being Vitamin E deficient.  These people should consult their physician about taking a Vitamin E supplement.

 

Side Effects:

Overdosing on Vitamin E could result in stomach pain and issues such as nausea, diarrhea.   Tiredness, headache, dizziness, and blurred vision are other common symptoms.  People who have overdosed on Vitamin E should seek emergency medical attention or contact poison control as soon as possible.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to Vitamin E include hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat, and trouble breathing.

Other side effects from taking Vitamin E include nausea, tiredness, headache, and skin rash.

 

Research done by Ms. Emily Demino

For more information, visit:

http://www.drugs.com/vitamin_e.html

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-vitamin-e

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02813/facts-about-vitamin-e

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