Market Mixx Blog Home

Nutrition Advice for “Young” Seniors

Lauren

/

Feb 21st, 2014

Senior Couples

Vitamin E

Also indexed as:E Vitamin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Alpha Tocopherol, D-Alpha Tocopherol
Vitamin E: Main Image

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body, such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL; “bad” cholesterol) cholesterol, from damage.

  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Anemia
60 to 75 IU per day3 stars[3 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin E may improve anemia in cases of vitamin E deficiency.
Anemia
800 IU dailyas Vitamin E Oral3 stars[3 stars]
Studies have reported that large amounts of vitamin E improve hemolytic anemia caused by a genetic deficiency of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD).
Epilepsy in Children
400 IU daily3 stars[3 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin E can help improve treatment results in children.
Immune Function
200 IU daily3 stars[3 stars]
Vitamin E enhances some measures of immune-cell activity in the elderly.
Intermittent Claudication
400 to 600 IU daily3 stars[3 stars]
Taking vitamin E may improve blood flow and increase walking capacity.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
1,200 to 1,800 IU daily3 stars[3 stars]
Vitamin E is an important antioxidant, protecting joints against oxidative damage. Supplementing with vitamin E can help ease symptoms, including pain.
Sunburn

(Vitamin C)
2,000 to 3,000 mg vitamin C and 1,000 to 2,000 IU vitamin E3 stars[3 stars]
Antioxidants may protect the skin from sunburn due to free radical–producing ultraviolet rays. Combinations of vitamin E and C offer protection against ultraviolet rays.
Tardive Dyskinesia
1,600 IU daily3 stars[3 stars]
Vitamin E has been shown to reduce the severity of tardive dyskinesia.
Alzheimer’s Disease
2,000 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Antioxidant supplements such as vitamin E have been associated with lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and improved brain function in middle-aged and older adults.
Anemia and Kidney Dialysis
800 IU dailyas Vitamin E Oral2 stars[2 stars]
Studies have reported that large amounts of vitamin E improve anemia caused by kidney dialysis.
Angina
50 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Low levels of antioxidant vitamins in the blood, particularly vitamin E, are associated with greater rates of angina. In one study supplementing with small amounts of vitamin E had a minor benefit in people with angina.
Athletic Performance, Exercise Recovery, and High-Altitude Exercise Performance
400 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Antioxidants, including vitamin E, neutralize exercise-related free radicals before they can damage the body, so antioxidants may aid in exercise recovery. Vitamin E has been shown to benefit exercise performance at high altitudes.
Cold Sores
Apply cotton saturated with oil for 15 minutes every three hours on day one, then three times daily on days two and three2 stars[2 stars]
Applying vitamin E oil directly to a cold sore appears to accelerate healing.
Dermatitis Herpetiformis
10 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with selenium and vitamin E has been shown to correct an antioxidant deficiency common in DH.
Down’s Syndrome
100 to 400 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Taking vitamin E may improve antioxidant protection. Ask your doctor before supplementing with this vitamin.
Dysmenorrhea
400 to 600 IU of vitamin E a day for five days, beginning two days before menstruation2 stars[2 stars]
Taking vitamin E beginning two days before menstruation may help prevent severe pain.
Endometriosis

(Vitamin C)
1,000 mg vitamin C and 1,200 IU vitamin E daily2 stars[2 stars]
A combination of vitamin C and vitamin E can help lessen the pain of endometriosis.
Hay Fever
800 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
In a study of people with hay fever, adding vitamin E to regular anti-allergy treatment during the pollen season significantly reduced the severity of hay fever symptoms.
Heart Attack
400 to 800 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin E, synthetic or natural, may help reduce heart attack risk.
Hypertension
200 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
In a study of people with high blood pressure, vitamin E was significantly more effective than placebo at reducing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Intermittent Claudication

(Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Fish Oil, Folic Acid, Oleic Acid, Vitamin B6)
200 mg of EPA and 130 mg of DHA daily, plus small amounts of vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin E, oleic acid, and alpha-linolenic acid2 stars[2 stars]
In one study, men with intermittent claudication who drank a milk product fortified with fish oil, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin E, oleic acid, and alpha-linolenic acid could walk further without pain than those who drank regular milk.
Leukoplakia
800 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
According to a review of clinical trials, the combination of beta-carotene and vitamin E has led to complete or partial remissions in six of eight trials studying people with leukoplakia.
Lung Cancer
200 to 400 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
High vitamin E levels have been associated with a reduced lung cancer risk. In one trial, nonsmokers who took vitamin E had a 45% lower lung cancer risk compared with those who did not take the vitamin.
Menopause
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin E may help reduce menopause symptoms. Many doctors suggest that women going through menopause try vitamin E for at least three months to see if symptoms improve.
Neuropathy
900 IU daily 2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin E supplementation may protect against neuropathy.
Osgood-Schlatter Disease
400 IU a day with 150 mcg a day of selenium2 stars[2 stars]
Taking a combination of vitamin E and selenium may help the healing.
Osteoarthritis
400 to 1,600 IU per day2 stars[2 stars]
As an antioxidant, vitamin E appears to help protect joints.
Pancreatic Insufficiency
270 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Taking antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin E, may lessen pain and prevent pancreatitis recurrences.
Parkinson’s Disease

(Vitamin C)
3,000 mg of vitamin C and 3,200 IU of vitamin E2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with vitamins C and E may help people with early Parkinson’s disease delay the need for medication.
Premenstrual Syndrome
300 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin E may decrease PMS symptoms, according to one study.
Prostate Cancer
50 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin E as mixed tocopherols may help lower prostate cancer risk, especially in smokers.
Retinopathy and Retrolental Fibroplasia
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
Large amounts of vitamin E have been shown to reduce the incidence of severe retinopathy in premature infants.
Skin Ulcers
400 IU dailyas Vitamin E Oral2 stars[2 stars]
Antioxidants, such as vitamin E, are depleted in healing skin tissue. Studies have shown that vitamin E taken orally to be effective at preventing skin ulcers and promoting healing.
Sunburn

(Vitamin C)
Apply a formula containing 2% vitamin E and 5% vitamin C before sun exposure2 stars[2 stars]
Studies have found sunscreen-like effects from topical application of the vitamin C and vitamin E combination.
Thalassemia
Refer to label instructions as Vitamin E Injection2 stars[2 stars]
Studies have found that vitamin E supplements reduce free radical damage to red blood cells in thalassemia patients. Vitamin E injections have reduced the need for blood transfusions caused by thalassemia.
Type 1 Diabetes and Diabetic Nephropathy
900 to 1,800 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin E supplementation may protect against diabetic neuropathy.
Type 1 Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy
1800 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin E may combat free radicals associated with diabetic retinopathy.
Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy
900 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin E supplementation may protect against neuropathy.
Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy
1800 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin E supplementation may protect against diabetic retinopathy.
Wound Healing
400 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin E may enhance healing and prevent adhesion formation after surgery, applied topically, the vitamin may help prevent scarring.
Yellow Nail Syndrome
800 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin E has been used successfully with people who have yellow nail syndrome in several preliminary reports.
Abnormal Pap Smear
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Women with cervical dysplasia may have lower blood levels of vitamin E compared with healthy women.
Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Use of vitamin E, alone or with vitamin C, has been associated with better cognitive function and a reduced risk of certain forms of dementia (but not Alzheimer’s disease).
Alcohol Withdrawal
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Alcohol-related anxiety may be improved by a combination of vitamin E, vitamin B6, niacin, and vitamin C, though the high amounts of niacin and vitamin B6 used in the study need a doctor’s supervision.
Asthma

(Vitamin C, Selenium)
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
There is some evidence that a combination of antioxidants vitamin E, vitamin C, and selenium may help prevent asthma thought to be caused by air pollution.
Atherosclerosis
100 to 200 IU daily1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage and has been linked to heart disease prevention. Many doctors recommend supplementing with vitamin E to lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart attacks.
Bronchitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E appears to help keep the lungs healthy and prevent damage from environmental pollution and cigarette smoke exposure.
Burns
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Using the antioxidant vitamin E topically on minor burns is a popular remedy. If applying vitamin E topically, use the tocopherol form.
Cataracts
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Low blood levels of vitamin E have been linked to increased risk of forming cataracts. Vitamin E supplements have been reported to protect against cataracts.
Childhood Diseases
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Healthy immune function requires adequate amounts of vitamin E. Animal studies have shown that vitamin E increases immune cell activity and reduces virus activity.
Colon Cancer
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In most preliminary reports, vitamin E appears to protect against cancer.
Cystic Fibrosis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
The fat malabsorption associated with cystic fibrosis often leads to a deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin E. Supplementation can help counteract the deficiency.
Dupuytren’s Contracture
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with vitamin E may improve Dupuytren’s contracture, although research on the topic has been conflicting.
Epilepsy in Adults
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with vitamin E has been shown to improve treatment results in children, and similar effects may be seen in adults.
Female Infertility
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In one study, infertile couples given vitamin E showed significantly improved fertility.
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Some studies have reported that vitamin E reduces symptoms of FBS, many women try it for three months to see if it helps.
Fibromyalgia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E was used in one early study with beneficial and sometimes dramatic results.
Gingivitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E is often recommended by doctors to help prevent and treat periodontitis.
Goiter
0.5 to 8 grams daily1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E levels are lower in people with goiter than in those without. Supplementing with vitamin E prevented goiter formation in iodine-deficient conditions in some research.
Halitosis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E is often recommended by doctors to help prevent and treat periodontitis.
Hepatitis
900 to 2,700 mg per day1 star[1 star]
Some trials have shown vitamin E to be helpful in treating hepatitis B and to reduce liver damage in people with hepatitis C.
High Cholesterol
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In one trial, supplementing with vitamin E increased levels of protective HDL cholesterol.
HIV and AIDS Support
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In test-tube studies, vitamin E improved the effectiveness of the anti-HIV drug zidovudine (AZT) while reducing its toxicity.
Hypoglycemia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E helps control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, and since there are similarities in the way the body regulates high and low blood sugar levels, it might be helpful for hypoglycemia as well.
Insulin Resistance Syndrome
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity in both healthy and hypertensive people and may have a similar effect on people with IRS.
Kidney Stones
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In one study, supplementing with synthetic vitamin E was found to reduce several risk factors for kidney stone formation in people with elevated levels of urinary oxalate.
Liver Cirrhosis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E has been shown to decrease damage in cirrhotic livers and may reduce immune abnormalities that contribute to the development of the disease.
Macular Degeneration
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Sunlight triggers oxidative damage in the eye, which in turn can cause macular degeneration. Vitamin E protects against oxidative damage and may reduce macular degeneration risk.
Male Infertility
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E supplementation appears to enhance fertility, possibly by decreasing free-radical damage to sperm cells.
Menorrhagia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In a study of women with menorrhagia associated with the use of an intrauterine device (IUD), supplementing with vitamin E corrected the problem in all cases within ten weeks.
Pre- and Post-Surgery Health
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Some studies have found that vitamin E levels decrease after surgery, supplementation may correct a deficiency. Vitamin E may also prevent scarring when used topically after surgery.
Restless Legs Syndrome
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In one study, supplementing with vitamin E produced complete relief in seven out of nine people with restless leg syndrome.
Retinopathy
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E has been found to prevent retinopathy in people with a rare genetic disease known as abetalipoproteinemia.
Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Some doctors have found vitamin E supplements to be effective for people with postherpetic neuralgia. Vitamin E oil can also be applied to the skin.
Sickle Cell Anemia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Low vitamin E levels have been associated with higher numbers of diseased cells in children and with greater symptom frequency in adults. Supplementing with the vitamin can help restore levels.
Skin Ulcers
Refer to label instructions as Vitamin E Topical1 star[1 star]
Antioxidants such as vitamin E, are depleted in healing skin tissue. One study found that topically applied vitamin E shortened the healing time of skin ulcers.
Sprains and Strains and Exercise-Related Muscle Injury
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Antioxidant supplements, including vitamin E, may help prevent exercise-related muscle injuries by neutralizing free radicals produced during strenuous activities.
Stroke
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Studies have found that people who eat foods high in antioxidants such vitamin E have less carotid stenosis, a risk factor for stroke. Vitamin E plus aspirin has also been shown to be effective in reducing stroke risk.
Type 1 Diabetes

(Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C)
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
A combination of the antioxidants selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E has been shown to improve diabetic retinopathy.
Type 1 Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy

(Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C)
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Antioxidant nutrients including selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E may combat free radicals associated with diabetic retinopathy.
Vaginitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Some doctors recommend vitamin E (taken orally, topically, or vaginally) for certain types of vaginitis.

Copyright © 2014 Aisle7. All rights reserved. Aisle7.com

Learn more about Aisle7, the company.

Learn more about the authors of Aisle7 products.

The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

14 Responses to Nutrition Advice for “Young” Seniors

  1. google plus app for windows 8 27/03/2014 at 8:43 pm

    Great article. I’m dealing with a few of these issues as well..

  2. best acoustic guitar brands 19/04/2014 at 8:50 pm

    Today, I went to the beachfront with my children.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year
    old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and
    screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic
    but I had to tell someone!

  3. Sushi lunch 22/04/2014 at 8:13 am

    This post offers clear idea in support of the
    new users of blogging, that actually how to do running a blog.

  4. African Mango 24/04/2014 at 7:01 am

    Excellent, what a web site it is! This blog provides useful information to us, keep it up.

    • Customer Care Customer Care 24/04/2014 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you for being our cheerleader, African Mango! We’ll work hard to continue to provide you with fun and informative suggestions! Please enjoy your Thursday evening! ~Shasta

  5. Garcinia Cambogia Extract 25/04/2014 at 11:07 pm

    continuously i used to read smaller posts which as well clear their motive,
    and that is also happening with this article which
    I am reading now.

  6. best skate shoes 28/04/2014 at 11:28 pm

    Useful info. Lucky me I discovered your website
    accidentally, and I am shocked why this accident didn’t came about earlier!
    I bookmarked it.

  7. Meladerm Reviews 03/05/2014 at 8:22 am

    Hello, I wish for to subscribe for this website to get most
    up-to-date updates, so where can i do it please help.

    • Customer Care Customer Care 03/05/2014 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you for your interest in our Blog, Meladerm. There is currently not an option to subscribe to the Blog updates. I would recommend bookmarking the site so that you can visit when you want to check for new entries. ~Victor

  8. best air purifier for dust 04/05/2014 at 4:16 am

    I’m not sure why but this weblog is loading incredibly slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end?
    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  9. best rated washer and dryer 05/05/2014 at 8:27 am

    I was suggested this web site through my cousin. I am now not certain whether
    this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my difficulty.
    You are incredible! Thanks!

  10. Fat Loss Diet 16/05/2014 at 7:38 am

    Thanks for any other excellent post. Where else could anybody get that type of information in such a
    perfect way of writing? I have a presentation subsequent
    week, and I am on the look for such info.

  11. Ralf 26/06/2014 at 2:04 pm

    Your style is unique in comparison to other folks
    I’ve read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity,
    Guess I will just book mark this page.

  12. Cassandra 06/09/2014 at 2:23 pm

    Good day I am so delighted I found your weblog, I really found you by error, while I was searching on Digg for something else, Anyways
    I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a fantastic post and a all round enjoyable
    blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also included your RSS feeds,
    so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal
    more, Please do keep up the awesome work.

Leave a Reply



|