Vitamin E is consistently in the news: it is credited with many attributes,
and continues to impress researchers with its wide-ranging benefits.
Male fertility: An intriguing finding by Israeli researchers may
give hope to couples who have difficulty conceiving: recent research found
that the wives of men who took 200 mg of vitamin E for one month were able
to conceive by in vitro fertilization. Although the numbers were relatively
small - two couples out of fifteen - the researcher felt that vitamin E
may help to protect sperm against cell damage.
Protective health for elderly: A large scale study published by
the National Institute on Aging suggests that vitamin E may be helpful in
protecting against heart disease and improving overall longevity. After
reviewing results from over 11,000 elderly people, researchers found that
those using vitamin E supplements significantly lowered total mortality
rates, reduced the risk of heart disease mortality and decreased cancer
These findings are consistent with previous indications that vitamin
E is beneficial to the elderly. Studies done at Tufts University have shown
that immune function in the elderly has been increased when supplemented
by vitamin E.
Angina:. In a Japanese study of 104 angina (chest pain) sufferers,
those who had the lowest levels of vitamin E suffered more chest pain. When
calcium channel blockers (heart medication) could not provide relief, 300
mg of vitamin E supplements were given, and the symptoms improved.
Although the cause for relief is not clear, it may be related to the
effect of vitamin E on fatty plaques surrounding the heart. When these cholesterol-formed
plaques oxidize, they may be more likely to respond to signals to contract,
which in turn causes chest pain. Since vitamin E prevents the oxidation
of these plaques, there may be fewer contractions and less pain.
According to the Mayo Clinic;
- Supplemental vitamin E appears to have a protective effect against
- Supplemental vitamin E has been associated with a reduced risk of some
- Supplemental vitamin E may slow the progression of Alzheimers
- A diet high in vitamin E appears to have a protective effect against
- Taking Vitamin E pills may enhance immune function in elderly people.