Vitamin E

Vitamin E

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    A , Dermatology, answered
    Vitamin E is one of the most significant antioxidants found in the human body when it comes to skin health and rejuvenation. It is recommended both in topical and oral forms for everything from wound healing to improvement of stretch marks as well as a very long list of anti-aging and anticancer roles. A fat-soluble vitamin, it plays an important part in protecting the lipid-laden cell membranes from free radical damage. These membranes are otherwise left very susceptible to this type of damage.
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    A , Health Education, answered
    The following foods are good sources of vitamin E (measured in international units -- about a handful per serving):
    • Sunflower seeds (52 units)
    • Walnuts (22 units)
    • Almonds (21 units)
    • Hazelnuts (21 units)
    • Soybeans, dried (20 units)
    • Cashews (11 units)
    • Peanuts, roasted (11 units)
    • Lima beans, dried (8 units)
    • Brazil nuts (7 units)
    • Pecans (2 units)
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    The average dosing of vitamin E for capsules, tablets, and oral solution is based on daily recommended intakes. The following information on dosages is to prevent a vitamin E deficiency since most individuals attain a sufficient amount of vitamin E through their diet. To prevent vitamin E deficiency in adult and teenage males, the average is 10 milligrams, which is equal to 16.7 Units per day. To prevent deficiency in adult and teenage females, the average is 8 milligrams, or 13 Units per day. For children 4 to 10 years old, the average is 7 milligrams, or 11.7 Units per day. For children younger than 3 years old, the average is 3 to 6 milligrams, or 5 to 10 Units per day. To make sure you get enough vitamin E in your diet, eat the foods that contain the vitamin, such as eggs, leafy vegetables, wheat germ, and whole grains.

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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Some studies have linked higher vitamin E intakes with a lower risk of breast and prostate cancers, but not consistently. And findings from the Women's Health Study, in which healthy women ages 45 and older took 600 IU of vitamin E or a placebo every other day for 10 years, showed no difference in cancer rates between the two groups.

    The National Cancer Institute halted a study designed to test whether 200 micrograms (mcg) of selenium and 400 IU of vitamin E, taken alone or in combination, could lower the risk of prostate cancer. The trial was slated to last eight years but was stopped after just five. Researchers had grown concerned that taking the supplements might do more harm than good, based on a slight increase in prostate cancer rates among the men taking vitamin E alone.
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    You should not take vitamin E if you are taking dicumarol. It is also not recommended to take vitamin E if you are taking warafin. Taking warafin with vitamin E may increase your risk for certain side effects. If you have bleeding problems, talk to your doctor before you start taking vitamin E because high doses may worsen your condition.

    It is not recommended that anyone with retinitis pigmentosa take oral vitamin E because it appears to cause disease progression more rapidly.
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    A , Integrative Medicine, answered
    Vitamin E protects cholesterol from being turned into a sticky form that attaches to the walls of arteries. In doing so, vitamin E may help to prevent the formation of arterial plaques. This lowers the incidence of coronary artery disease and fatal heart attacks. Vitamin E is also a powerful anti-clotting agent, which helps blood flow through arteries more easily when fatty plaques are already present. Vitamin E is found naturally in nuts, vegetable oils, whole grains, egg yolks and leafy green vegetables.
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    A Emergency Room Nursing, answered on behalf of
    Vitamin E is the generic name for Alpha-E. 
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    Vitamin E may interact with the medication dicumarol. You should talk to your doctor about dicumarol before you take vitamin E. Taking a vitamin E supplement with warafin may increase your risk for certain side effects. Talk with your doctor before you take vitamin E because you may need a different dose. There is no food that interacts with vitamin E.

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    Overconsumption of the synthetic form of vitamin E that is found in supplements and/or fortified foods could pose risks.

    Because vitamin E can act as an anticoagulant and interfere with blood clotting, excess amounts in your body increase the risk of hemorrhage. Because of this, the upper level from supplements and/or fortified foods is 1,000 milligrams for adults. This applies only to healthy individuals consuming adequate amounts of vitamin K. (Vitamin K also plays a role in blood clotting. A deficiency of vitamin K can exacerbate the anticoagulant effects of vitamin E.)

    Individuals taking anticoagulant medication and vitamin E supplements should be monitored by their physician to avoid the serious situation in which the blood can’t clot quickly enough to stop the bleeding from a wound.

    Always consult with your health care provider and a registered dietitian before taking a vitamin supplement. To find a registered dietitian in your area, please visit: www.eatright.org.
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    Like 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.
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