Vitamin E


Body System Functions and Health Benefits:
  • May slow the aging process and the progression of Alzheimer's and dementia.
  • May benefit circulatory disorders, skin and joint problems, diabetes-related nerve complications, endometriosis, immune-system function, and memory.
  • May prevent or delay heart disease and related complications.
  • Appears to protect blood cholesterol from oxidative damage that contributes to heart disease.
  • May have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels and is believed to prevent the formation of blood clots.
  • May protect against prostate cancer and prevent the onset of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
  • When paired with selenium, vitamin E's antioxidant power may reduce harmful oxidation caused by free radicals.
  • May help fight cancer by boosting the immune system.
  • Increased consumption of vitamin E can manage fibrocystic breast changes.
  • Foods high in vitamin E may alleviate PMS-induced depression, breast tenderness, moodiness, headaches, abdominal cramping, and insomnia.
  • Some researchers believe that women who have trouble conceiving may be deficient in vitamin E.
  • Some studies indicate that consuming foods high in vitamin E may relieve discomfort from hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.
  • May be beneficial for male infertility.
  • A diet high in vitamin E may be linked to a reduced risk of bladder cancer and may be protective against cervical cancer.
Diseases/Conditions Helped Prevented or Treated by Vitamin E:
  • Acne
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Angina pectoris
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Breast cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Gout
  • Graves' disease
  • Infertility (male)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Menopause
  • Migraine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Oral cancers
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • PMS
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Senile cataracts
  • Squamous cancer
  • Stroke
Symptoms potentially associated with vitamin E deficiency:
  • Digestive system problems, especially malabsorption
  • Tingling or loss of sensation in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Liver or gallbladder problems
Food Sources of vitamin E: mustard greens, broccoli, almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts, mangoes, turnip greens, spinach, kale, papaya, red bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, blueberries, and avocados.

References:

Margen, Sheldon. Wellness Foods A to Z. Ed. Kate Slate. New York: Health Letter Associates, 2002.

Mindell, Earl. Vitamin Bible. New York: Warner Books, 1979.

World's Healthiest Foods, The. www.whfoods.com.




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