Discover Amazing Benefits of Vitamin E
There’s a vitamin which has rightfully earned itself a reputation as a “super vitamin.” As a powerful antioxidant, it can help prevent many of the degenerative diseases we face as we age – including heart disease, stroke, arthritis, senility, diabetes and cancer.
And that’s only the start!
This vitamin has long been recognized as a key nutrient for preventing the blood clots which kill over 100,000 people every year. It’s also associated with improved stamina and endurance, reduced menopause-related hot flushes, increased fertility.
While the diets of many Westerners doesn’t provide an adequate amount of this powerful nutrient, a simple vitamin supplement could potentially mean the difference between life and death for thousands every year. That nutrient is Vitamin E.
While you may not get enough Vitamin E through diet alone, you probably do get some and may not recognize the symptoms of chronic deficiency at first. Over time, a deficiency can lead to chronic fatigue, inflamed varicose veins, wounds healing slowly, premature aging, and sub-fertility.
Other symptoms of a Vitamin E deficiency may include acne, anemia, muscle disease, dementia, cancers, gallstones, shortened red blood cell life span, miscarriage during pregnancy, and uterine degeneration.
Reduce Arthritis Pain – Faster
If you’re in a situation where you choose to take supplements, you may find real benefit from them. One of those areas is where Vitamin E has been proven to help the effectiveness of conventional medicine is with arthritis.
Doctors at Alexandria University in Egypt compared the standard medical treatment for rheumatoid arthritis with the same treatment, but with either a high dose of Vitamin E (400 mg, 3x daily) or a combination of antioxidants added. The standard medicine only control group started to notice improvement near the end of the second month. But both the high-dose Vitamin E group and the antioxidant combination group had less pain and morning stiffness by the end of the first month.
Can Vitamin E without the drugs help too? According to a placebo-controlled 12-week study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, those taking high-dose Vitamin E (in this case, 600 mg, 2x daily) had a significant impact on pain not found in those taking a placebo. The results continued until the patients stopped taking their Vitamin E.
Fight Heart Disease
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study dramatically illustrating the power of Vitamin E. Researchers followed over 87,000 female nurses who were free of diagnosed cardiovascular disease and cancer at the start of the study. These nurses were monitored over an 8-year period. Those who took Vitamin E supplements for at least two years were found to have a 41% lower rate of major coronary disease.
How is this possible from a simple vitamin supplement? It’s fairly simple once we recognize that one of the major risk factors for heart disease is chronic systemic inflammation.
Another study in the New England Journal of Medicine found the blood concentration of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) to be the best indicator of heart disease risk out of the 12 markers of inflammation measured including cholesterol and homocysteine levels.
Besides identifying CRP as an accurate cardiovascular risk measurement tool, the study also quantified the amount of increased risk. Elevated CRP was associated with a 450% increase in heart attack risk!
One reason Vitamin E helps your heart is it dramatically reduces the production of CRP and its associated pro-inflammatory parent molecule interleukin-6.
Ishwarlal Jialal and Sridevi Devaraj, both scientists, studied 47 men and women with adult-onset, or type II, diabetes, and 25 healthy volunteers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to test the effect of mega-doses of Vitamin E on chronic inflammation.
The scientists sampled study participant’s blood before and after each of them received 1,200 IU of vitamin E daily for 3 months. Before treatment, 23 participants with major diabetes complications such as kidney failure were found with levels of CRP twice as high as the non-diabetic group.
Concentrations of CRP were about 33 percent higher in blood from the 24 participants with mild diabetes than the healthy group. But even the healthy group was found to have elevated levels of CRP. The results after supplementation were incredible. Vitamin E supplements lowered CRP concentrations dramatically in all three groups. In just three months, Vitamin E helped not only diabetics, but also those who didn’t have a discernible pro