Vitamin E

Vitamin E

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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Some data shows that taking vitamin E-especially mixed tocopherols-decreases the risk of prostate cancer.

    But if you're taking a statin medication, you shouldn't take more than 100 IU of mixed tocopherols or vitamin E because it inhibits the statin's function by 40 percent.

    The vitamin E will have no effect on cholesterol level, though it will inhibit the anti-inflammatory effect of statins such as Zocor, Lipitor, and Crestor.
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    A , Health Education, answered
    You need about 400 IU of vitamin E daily to protect cells in the body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals attack cell membranes, proteins, and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), and they can ultimately contribute to the development of some cancers and heart disease.
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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    People who consume the highest amount of vitamin E are 43 percent less likely to get Alzheimer's. You can get the vitamin E you need by eating just 3 ounces of nuts or seeds a day (about 15.5 milligrams), which is my preferred method. Alternatively, you can take a 400 IU (international unit) supplement daily if you take it with vitamin C and are not taking statin drugs like Lipitor.
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    A , Pharmacy, answered
    Yes, vitamin E is safe for children but only give your child supplementation as advised by your doctor. Vitamin E is a vitamin, which means our bodies need it to survive. But most of us get the vitamin E we need in the foods we eat. Vitamin E is found in oils, nuts, whole grains and green leafy vegetables. Children need less vitamin E than adults. Children between the ages of four to eight need seven milligrams a day while children between the ages of nine to 13 need 11 milligrams. An ounce of almonds contains more than seven milligrams and two tablespoons of peanut butter contain about three milligrams. Talk with your doctor before giving your child vitamin E. Too much can be dangerous. Vitamin E is stored in the liver and too much can cause serious side effects.

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    A , Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
    A broad class of related natural chemicals called tocopherols comprise the fat-soluble antioxidants we call vitamin E. Alphatocopherol is generally regarded as the most active form of vitamin E in humans, though research has begun to show the importance of other forms of the vitamin. By definition, the proper levels of all vitamins are essential to human health, but good evidence now links vitamin E intake to the prevention of eye diseases, including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration; other studies may link the vitamin to the prevention or delay of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

    Meanwhile, ongoing research is exploring vitamin E’s role in the prevention of heart disease, cancer and a host of other diseases. You may have noticed some studies in the last few years that downplay the effect of vitamin E. I implore that you pay little attention to them. These studies were indeed carried out by recognized groups but were incomplete and in my opinion irresponsible. They appeared to suggest that vitamin E at higher doses -- doses I regard as therapeutic -- could cause more harm then good. But these were “all-cause mortality” studies, which means that if you were one of the subjects taking vitamin E and got hit by a bus, the researchers would have counted you as having died from taking vitamin E. Getting hit by a bus or dying from natural causes is nothing whatsoever to do with vitamin E. Most scientific evidence suggests vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant, and when you need more of it, it’s crucial to obtain it through a supplement.
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    A , Pharmacy, answered

    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.

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    Vitamin E is an antioxidant that may help prevent heart disease, Alzheimer's, and two common vision stealers -- macular degeneration and cataracts. Government guidelines recommend a daily intake of 22.5 international units (IU) of vitamin E, but this is only enough to prevent deficiency. For optimal health and disease prevention, we recommend that you aim for 400 international units (IU) of vitamin E per day. It's tough to get all the vitamin E you need from food alone, so top off your supply with a daily vitamin E supplement.

    Tip: Take your E with C (1,200 mg). These two antioxidant vitamins work together to prevent the oxidation that causes clogs in blood vessel walls, and pairing them on a daily basis can make you look 3 years younger.
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    A , Hematology & Oncology, answered
    At this point, it's hard to say whether taking vitamin E supplements will lower your risk for prostate cancer. In one large study known as the SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial) study, men who took 400 International Units of vitamin E daily actually had a slightly increased risk for prostate cancer. Consider this, though: There are several forms of vitamin E. In the study, men took a form known as dl-alpha-tocopherol-acetate, which isn't known to destroy cancer cells. Another form of vitamin E, called alpha-tocopheryl succinate, has been associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer, in much smaller doses.

    If you take vitamin E supplements for any reason, tell your doctor. If you aren't sure which form of vitamin E you take, bring the container to your doctor or pharmacist and ask. 
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    A , Gastroenterology, answered
    This is a complex group including four tocopherols and four tocotrienols known as alpha, beta, gamma, and delta for both. Take a multivitamin  that preferably has 80 mg of mixed natural tocopherols and tocotrienols (with at least 10 mg of tocotrienols). An alternative is to take a multivitamin with 400 IU of mixed natural tocopherols a day. Avoid products with synthetic dl-alpha-tocopherol or d-alpha-tocopherol.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Vitamin E is an antioxidant that's been touted to prevent lung cancer. However, in excess amounts, vitamin E can actually become an ANTI-anti-oxidant and damage deoxy ribonucleic acid (DNA), which can lead to cancer growth. (Until recently, vitamin E was recommended to ease hot flashes, but new evidence suggests that long-term use may actually be harmful.)