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User's Guide to Vitamin E

User's Guide to Vitamin E

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User's Guide to Vitamin E

87 pages
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Jan 1, 2003


Building on the tremendous interest in health, alternative medicine, and nutritional supplementation, the User's Guide to Nutritional Supplements Series is designed to answer the consumer's basic questions about diseases, conventional and alternative therapies, and individual dietary supplements.

Written by leading experts and science writers, The User's Guide to Nutritional Supplements Series covers a range of popular alternative medicine and health issues, including specific major diseases, alternative therapies, and vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other nutritional supplements.

The User's Guide to Vitamin E explains this remarkable vitamin's benefits and how you can easily put it to work for you.

Jan 1, 2003

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Could one single vitamin reduce your risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease?

If the supplement is vitamin E, the answer is yes. Does this sound too incredible to be true? Read on, and you may change your mind.

Discovered in 1922, vitamin E was for years the butt of jokes that referred to it disparagingly as the sex vitamin. Amazingly, as far back as the 1940s, a team of Canadian physicians discovered that vitamin E could protect people from coronary heart disease. But because these doctors could not explain, in scientific terms, why vitamin E worked, they were dismissed as quacks and charlatans. And for many years to come, vitamin E would be regarded as a cure in search of a disease and nothing more than a waste of money.

Fast-forward to the present, and the view of vitamin E is strikingly different. Scientific research has caught up with this remarkable nutrient. Today, with thousands of studies to support it, vitamin E is quickly being recognized as the closest thing to a magic bullet in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, and many other disorders.

So, what exactly makes vitamin E so great? Scientists tell us that age-related diseases—and the risk of most diseases increases with age—are caused in part by hazardous molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals make iron rust and butter turn rancid. In a sense, they make your body more rusty and rancid with age.

Nature, however, provided a way to neutralize free radicals—with a group of beneficial molecules called antioxidants. Vitamin E stands out as one of the most powerful antioxidants found in foods. It scavenges free radicals in the body and limits their damage. In so doing, vitamin E slows the aging process and reduces the long-term risk of age-related degenerative diseases. It doesn’t matter if you’re a woman or a man—vitamin E can provide all people with important health benefits.

But, you might be wondering, don’t we all get enough vitamin E in the foods we eat? And if vitamin E is so great, why don’t doctors recommend it?

Over the past century, the Western diet has undergone tremendous changes. The foods most people eat are highly processed, and vitamin E (along with many other nutrients) is removed. The typical American is consuming only a small percentage of the vitamin E his or her grandparents consumed.

In addition, our nutritional requirements for vitamin E have increased. Most people are eating more fried foods and vegetable oil than people consumed in the past. These foods are prone to free radical damage and boost our need for vitamin E. Also, with more industrialization and the increased use of polluting automobiles, people have been exposed to unprecedented levels of air pollution. This also boosts our need for vitamin E.

As for doctors, they have slowly but steadily been catching on to the benefits of vitamin E. In recent years, the scientific research on this amazing nutrient has become an irresistible force in medicine. One recent survey found that almost half of all cardiologists were taking vitamin E supplements themselves, though they were a bit reluctant to recommend them to patients. When we ask physicians about vitamin E, they say that nearly every doctor takes the vitamin.

The question, now, might be this: Why aren’t you taking vitamin E?

In this User’s Guide to Vitamin E, we will tell you about the remarkable story of vitamin E and how it can reduce your risk of serious, degenerative diseases and how it may even help protect you against infections. First, in Chapter 1 we will explain how vitamin E prevents heart disease, the leading cause of death among Americans and most other Westerners. In Chapter 2, we’ll describe the exciting research showing that vitamin E can probably reduce your long-term risk of cancer, including breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Later in this book, we’ll cover how vitamin E can protect you from numerous other diseases, including Alzheimer’s and additional neurological disorders, cataracts, infertility, and menopausal hot flashes. Lastly, in Chapter 8, we’ll explain how to shop for the best types of vitamin E which, according to research, are the natural forms of this vitamin.



Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in most Western nations. It has killed more Americans than all wars combined. Heart disease is complex and develops subtly and slowly. It has multiple causes, but a lack of vitamin E is paramount among the reasons it develops. In this chapter, we’ll look at the causes of heart disease, some different aspects of this condition, and the many ways vitamin E helps prevent heart disease.

Vitamin E Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease

Research and the clinical experiences of physicians show beyond a doubt that vitamin E is good for the heart. Evidence supporting the role of vitamin E as a heart protector has been building for decades. In the past several years, the evidence has become so strong that most doctors can’t ignore it.

For example, Harvard University researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that vitamin E supplements dramatically reduced the risk of coronary heart disease in men and women. The amount of vitamin E used—more than 100 IU (international units)—was more than six times the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin E. This is an amount you can obtain only from supplements, not foods.

Even more impressive were the results of a blockbuster study reported in the British medical journal Lancet. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in England gave either 400 or 800

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