Vitamin E

Other Names: Acetate

Job/Function for the body:

  • required for the proper function of many organs in the body
  • antioxidant (helps to slow down processes that damage cells)

Foods it’s in:

  • vegetable oils
  • cereals
  • meat
  • poultry
  • egg
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • supplements

What happens if we don’t get enough of it?

  • nerve and muscle damage that results in loss of feeling in the arms and legs
  • loss of body movement control
  • muscle weakness
  • and vision problems
  • weakened immune system.

What happens if you get too much?

  • In supplement form, high doses of vitamin E might increase the risk of bleeding (by reducing the blood's ability to form clots after a cut or injury)
  • and of serious bleeding in the brain (known as hemorrhagic stroke).
  • increase the risk of prostate cancer in men
  • increase the risk of death in some adults

Does it help or hinder the other nutrients?

  • vitamin E plus other antioxidants (such as vitamin C, selenium, and beta-carotene) reduced the heart-protective effects of two drugs taken in combination (a statin and niacin) to affect blood-cholesterol levels.
  • Taking antioxidant supplements while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer could alter the effectiveness of these treatments.

Other Info?

  • it used for a VARIETY of medical purposes ranging from Asthma to Alzheimer's

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