2 AnswersMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredLike aspirin, vitamin E thins your blood, making clots less likely to form. The quinone (a chemical part of vitamin E) in vitamin E has powerful anticlotting powers. Several studies have noticed an increase in bleeding when vitamin E and aspirin are used in combination, a condition implicated in both ulcers and strokes. It is rare, but discuss this possibility with your physician, especially if you have a history of ulcers or other blood-clotting problems.
If you have taken vitamin E for prolonged period of time and with doses greater than 400 units a day you may experience a number of side effects. Side effects may include blurred vision, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nausea, stomach cramps, and fatigue. If you are using a topical vitamin E, you may experience side effects, such as contact dermatitis or eczema.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble, antioxidant vitamin, also called alpha-tocopherol. Medically,vitamin E is used only for vitamin E deficiency. There are conditions that may increase your need for vitamin E, such as intestine disease, liver disease, pancreas disease, or surgical removal of your stomach. It has been proposed that vitamin E can help prevent and treat a number of health conditions, including certain types of cancer, but there is not enough evidence to prove this. You only need a small amount of vitamin E and you can get it through a balanced diet. Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oils, green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts, wheat germ, and other foods. It is also available as a supplement, but the supplement alone does not replace a balanced diet.
1 AnswerMediGuard answeredVitamin E is regulated by the FDA as a nutritional supplement - meaning it does not have FDA approval for specific indications. However, the safety of oral medications so it's likely that members are using the oral form of vitamin E to improve their skin health.
1 AnswerIn theory, vitamin E supplements can provide the same benefits as vitamin E in food. However, supplements often contain extremely high doses of vitamin E that may be bad for your health. High doses of vitamin E increase the risk of serious bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke. Some studies have also suggested that men taking vitamin E supplements are at greater-than-average risk for developing prostate cancer. The RDA for most adults is 22.5 IU per day.
1 AnswerKaren L. Gorton, PhD, MS, RN, Emergency Room Nursing, answered on behalf of Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
There are two types of reactions, serious and common. The serious reactions require you to seek medical attention right away. These are bleeding and in infants, necrotizing enterocolitis.
Common reactions occur more frequently and can be any of the following:
- blurred vision
- gonadal dysfunction
4 AnswersDebra Fulghum Bruce PhD, Healthcare, answeredThe best food sources are cold-pressed seed oils, wheat germ, nuts, seeds, mango, and green leafy vegetables like broccoli, chard, kohlrabi, pumpkin, spinach, and greens of dandelion, mustard and turnip. You can also find vitamin E in meat, fish, poultry, clams, mackerel, salmon, and shrimp.
3 AnswersMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended daily value for vitamin E is 30 IU, which means you really don't need to take a vitamin E supplement in addition to your multivitamin. The optimal way to get vitamin E is in your diet. Pistachios are one of the best dietary sources of gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E. One or 2 handfuls of these nuts a day provides a healthy dose of this nutrient.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and is sometimes referred to as a vitamin in need of a disease to cure. For almost 40 years after its discovery, scientists searched unsuccessfully for a curative role for vitamin E. They now have shifted their focus and begun valuing the vitamin’s importance as an effective antioxidant.
Vitamin E’s nutritional claim to fame is its role as a powerful antioxidant. This role is extremely important in protecting cell membranes and preventing oxidation of the “bad” LDL cholesterol carrier.
Phospholipids (lipids that contain phosphorus and two fatty acids) are critical components of cell membranes. Many phospholipids contain unsaturated fatty acids, which are vulnerable to the damaging effects of free radicals. As an antioxidant, vitamin E neutralizes free radicals before they can harm cell membranes.
There isn’t any known risk of consuming too much vitamin E from natural food sources. However, overconsumption of the synthetic form that is found in supplements and/or fortified foods could pose risks.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
3 AnswersMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Vitamin E includes tocopherols and tocotrienols, though only alpha and gamma tocopherols are biologically active and useful in skin care products. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant because it is lipid-soluble, meaning it can easily penetrate the skin's surface, and it occurs naturally in cell membranes. Taken orally, vitamin E is a free-radical scavenger, preventing the premature aging of cells throughout the body. While there is only limited data as to whether vitamin E is equally beneficial for free-radicals when incorporated into moisturizers, it is an excellent skin hydrator and helps to preserve the chemical compounds in moisturizers, which is why it is so often included.