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