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Vitamin E

I started taking 1000 IU of vitamin E a day because I kept reading about all the benefits of vitamin E.

(I also eat extremely healthy--tons of vegtables and fish...nothing unhealthy.)

I just read that too much vitamin E might be related to decreased mortality changes and that too much vitamin E might cause your body to do the opposite of what "some" vitamin E causes it to do. (Basically instead of providing antioxidants, it provides the opposite)

I am not sure what studies to believe or how to determine what is the right amount of vitamin E adds health benefits...

(I also take flax seed oil and fish oil supplements)

Thu. Nov 30, 5:36pm

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I was taking 800 IU of Vitamin E for quite awhile until those stories came out. I'm now taking 400 IU daily at the suggestion of my doctor.

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 9:39 PM

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I heard that Vitamin E increases circulation and fertility.

Despite what studies and experts say about anything, I generally stick with good old "all things in moderation."

To quote Alice in Wonderland, "If one drinks much from a bottle not poison, it's almost certain to disagree with one sooner or later."

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 9:42 PM

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I always thought vitamin E was about the skin? Or is that C?

Friday, December 01, 2006, 2:04 PM

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Vitamin E has been shown to have some cardiac protection

Friday, December 01, 2006, 7:32 PM

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What do you mean "cardiac protection"?

and to 2:04pm--Yes it is good for the skin and hair. It fights free radical damage to the cells (if I understand correctly).

Saturday, December 02, 2006, 12:12 AM

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Studies have shown that participants that take Vit E are less likely to have cardiovascular disease (heart disease, strokes, etc). It offers protection to the cardiovascular system. My husband is a diabetic. Number one cause of death for diabetics is cardiovascualr disease. First time he met with an endocrinologist, he was told to start Vit E for this reason. He takes 400 IU daily, as do I.

A few years ago there was a study that came out indicating tha people who took Vit E actually had HIGHER rates of heart attacks. That seems to have been dose-related. Very few doctors now are recommending more that 400 IU daily.

Saturday, December 02, 2006, 5:24 AM

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