Vitamins are essential for nutrition and bodily growth and are organic compounds that our bodies can’t synthesize. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant and an organic compound that is soluble in lipids, i.e., fats. It possesses many health benefits such as treating degenerative diseases like cancer, heart problems, stiffening of arteries, and blood pressure; it also treats vitamin E deficiency in underweight infants. Vitamin E is also important for the skin, eye, and hair health. Naturally, it is rich in many foods such as cereals, spinach, mangoes, nuts, broccoli, eggs, and wheat-germ oil. Medical supplements are also available for this vitamin in the form of a liquid suspension and pills.
Vitamin E itself has proven to be a fruitful health wonder when it comes to providing nutrition, and preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s, however consuming this vitamin in higher doses can lead to potentially harmful side effects. Consult your doctor if you experience negative effects.
- The most common adverse effects of overusing vitamin E are headaches, feeling tiredness or weakness, loss of consciousness, lightheadedness, blurry vision, and fatigue.
- Vitamin can also cause ovary damage in females and testicular damage in males.
- Other symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting can also occur.
- Prolonged use of vitamin E is also known to cause bleeding in the brain and a stroke. Bleeding is the most severe symptom caused by vitamin E and is extremely lethal.
- Bruising or bleeding from the nose or gums can also occur as a side effect.
Vitamin E supplements, when consumed in higher doses, can decrease your life expectancy. Consult a doctor before taking this supplement; rule out all allergies and diseases you might have and make sure that all medications you’re using do not interfere with vitamin E such as blood thinners. Diabetics should be careful while using this supplement.
How it works
Vitamin E, by nature, is an anti-oxidant and its main purpose is to fight off dangerous oxidizing radicals from inside the body. The cells inside your body are protected from damage as Vitamin E eliminates all free radicals that threaten to cause any harm to the cell bodies, and in the process, it lessens the aging of cells too.
How to use?
Vitamin E supplements should be taken as per your RDA, and as recommended by your health physician; it is dangerous to self-adjust your dosage. Always consult your doctor if you are ever to tamper with the dosage. The vitamin E liquid suspension should be taken in a standard measuring cup or spoon; using a household utensil (spoon) will not provide you the accurate dosage. Do not double up your dose if you’ve missed one, try to make up for it as soon as you remember, but leave the missed dose if it’s almost time for the next dose. Taking vitamin E supplement with food improves its absorption.
Vitamin E supplements can interfere with other health conditions that are already persisting inside your body. If you have a history of blood diseases such as anemia or blood clotting, bleeding or thinning of blood, then vitamin E can be harmful to you. Other problems such as liver, kidney, and cardiovascular disease or high cholesterol or a vitamin K deficiency can also be affected by vitamin E.
Vitamin E does cause damage to the unborn baby, it can specifically damage the intestinal system of the fetus, so these supplements are forbidden to use during pregnancy.
There’s no evidence of vitamin E passing into breast milk. It’s better to talk to your doctor in this situation before you start taking vitamin E.
Vitamin E can interact with supplements and drugs rendering their effectiveness low; Warfarin coupled with vitamin E can lead to bruising and bleeding while taking niacin with it can decrease good cholesterol. It might also decrease the effectiveness of chemo medicines.