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Health Benefits of Vitamin E

What is it?
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant in the human body. Like other antioxidants, Vitamin E plays a vital role in strengthening your immune system and protecting the body from harmful free radicals. Free radicals are essentially waste produced after your body breaks food down for their nutrients. These molecules damage cells and are linked with the development of heart disease and certain types of cancers. Vitamin E is not an essential vitamin for a change in diet or exercise, instead they are essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Vitamin E deficient diets can be harmful for your long-term overall health—if you are drastically changing how you live or eat, make sure you are getting enough Vitamin E in your diet.

Health Benefits / Uses
Vitamin E and healthVitamin E can be used to aid in the prevention of heart disease and conditions. Note that Vitamin E supplements (if you are taking them) are not drugs. They do not outright cure or prevent heart disease but through proper maintenance and control can help if you are worried or have a family history of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin E is also linked with brain health, so maintaining proper vitamin E levels can aid in brain degeneration, reducing the risk or slowing down the onset of brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Where can I get it?
The recommended daily allowance for vitamin E is only 15 milligrams (mg) per day in men and women aged 14 years and older. Regular dietary sources for vitamin E include legumes such as almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, and peanuts. Other good food sources for this vitamin include spinach, broccoli, and kiwi.
If you have allergies to worry about or are strictly monitoric caloric intake, vitamin E supplements are easy to obtain and come in the form of either pure vitamin E or part of a multi-vitamin tablet. Vitamin E can also come in the form of various oils or mosturizing cremes that you can rub onto your skin. It is unclear at the moment if this is an effective manner of getting vitamin E, it is recommended to get your vitamin E orally.
Be aware that dosing can be difficult and confusing when it comes to vitamin E supplements. The RDA is listed in milligrams however supplements are often sold in International units (IU). Each  IU of vitamin E is about 2/3 of 1 mg of vitamin E, however this is only a rule of thumb and not an entirely accurate way of measuring vitamin E supplements. Consult with the retailer or with your physician to know exactly how much vitamin E you are getting with each supplement.

Warnings / Side Effects
Consuming vitamin E from food is very safe and little or no side-effects have been observed. Taking too much vitamin E from supplements (>1000 mg a day) can cause blood hemorrhaging and interrupt blood coagulation. As the RDA of vitamin E is only 15 mg a day, there should be no reason to get remotely close to 1000 mg a day.

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