Jul 20, 2010

10 Facts about Vitamin E

Months have gone by since we've looked at Vitamin Facts, here are facts about Vitamin E, followed by links to the Vitamins we've already looked at:

  1. Vitamin E is found in foods such as soybean oil, safflower oil, peanuts, wheat, rice, oats, leafy green vegetables, cabbage, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, egg yolks, and wheat germ.
  2. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that aids the body in neutralizing free radicals that may be damaging.
  3. Studies indicate that Vitamin E may be helpful in preventing stroke and similar cardiovascular problems
  4. Though studies are being done on prevention of heart attack, there are conflicting results...but hopeful signs.
  5. Vitamin E oil applied directly to wound with potential of scarring (ie radiation burns, other wounds that cause scarring) will greatly reduce visible scars.
  6. Of interest to Diabetics, Vitamin E may be helpful in the improvement of the action of insulin.
  7. RDA for men is 10 mg. (15 IU) and for women, 8 mg. aka (12 IU).  When taking supplement, make sure it is taken in d-alpha tocopherol form (non-synthetic).  
  8. Safe level above what is indicated above is said to be 800 IU, and therapeutic dose (taken temporarily if above 800 IU) is said to be 400-1200 IU.
  9. CAUTION - Vitamin E has blood thinning properties, and should not be taken as a supplement if you are taking blood thinners such as Warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin.  Talk to your doctor about this...if you are going to an MD who has knowledge about Nutrition, otherwise, take my word for it.
  10. CAUTION - If you are going to have surgery, including dental, stop taking Vitamin E supplements a couple of days ahead of time, again, it has blood-thinning properties.

16 Facts About Vitamin A

Updated 3/22/16

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