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Vitamin E - Tocopherol

It's particularly important for circulatory system health. It may help with gangrene, diabetes, congenital heart disease, phlebitis, poor circulation and varicose veins. Some studies suggest that it is helpful in preventing strokes and lowers risk of heart attack. As well as lowering risk of prostate cancer.

The scientific field seems to be divided on the value of Vitamin E, but unfortunately they use only synthetic alpha-tocopherol. Scientists doing studies seems to have a real resistance to using the natural form of nutrients. They assume that one synthetic form isolated from nature is adequate. Then, when the study finds that it's not enough, they attack the natural form they refused to use.

In reality, Vitamin E is a family of four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. The tocotrienols are not well-known and poorly studied.

The supplement industry however is partly to blame for this, since they have often sold the alpha tocopherols only. Some supplements sell the mixed tocopherols, and only recently have the tocotrienols been mentioned.

One study did show that high levels of Vitamin E can slow the rate of mental decline in patients. And a study showed the Vitamin E could lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

It may help improve the activity of ovaries, improving their periods while preventing excessive bleeding and vaginal dryness. Research shows it may help boost your immune system. It's good for reducing scarring, and so is added to first aid creams -- at least those found in health food stores. It may improve endurance in athletes and improve the action of insulin.

Symptoms of Vitamin E deficiency include decreased survival time of red blood cells, faulty absorption of fat, degeneration of the brain and spinal cord, decrease in sex hormones and higher risk of skin cancer.

Natural food sources of Vitamin E include wheat germ oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, peanuts, leafy green vegetables, cabbage, spinach, asparagus, broccoli and egg yolks.

Good range for supplementation is 400 IU to 1,200 IU of mixed tocopherols.

Because it thins the blood, it shouldn't be taken with drugs for that such as aspirin and wayfarin.

By: Richard Stooker

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