• vitamin EVitamin E (Acétate d’Alpha Tocophérol)
    • What it Does:
      • Maintains healthy nerves and muscles
      • Helps to boost energy
      • Prevents diseases of the brain and nervous system
      • Improves circulation and reduces muscle pain
      • Treats diabetes, cataracts, asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic fatigue syndrome
      • Used for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s chorea, night cramps, restless leg syndrome, and epilepsy, and dysmenorrhea (Painful menstruation)
      • Useful in reducing pain in  people with RA
      • Prevents hardening of the arteries, heart attack, chest pain, leg pain  due to blocked arteries, and high blood pressure
      • Promotes healthy skin, hair and eyes
      • Works to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease
    • Where it’s found:
      • Cereals
      • Eggs­­
      • Fruits
      • Meat
      • Poultry
      • Vegetable oils
      • Vegetables
      • Wheat germ oil
    • Why take a supplement?
      • Deficiency may result in damage to red blood cells and destruction of nerves, menstrual problems, and neuromuscular impairment
    • Downsides:
      • People with heart disease or diabetes should not take more than 400 IU per day
      • Some research has shown that taking vitamin e in doses of 300 – 800 IU each day might increase the chance of hemorrhagic stroke by 22%.  However, vitamin e might decrease the chance of having an ischemic stroke
      • Very high doses can cause nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fatigue, weakness, headache, blurred vision, rash, bruising, and bleeding.
    • Possible Interactions:  If you are being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use vitamin E supplements without first talking to your health care provider. 
      • Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune) interacts with VITAMIN E
      • lovastatin (Mevacor)
      • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
      • itraconazole (Sporanox)
      • fexofenadine (Allegra)
      • triazolam (Halcion)
      • cancer treatment drugs (Chemotherapy) interacts with VITAMIN E
      • blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with VITAMIN E
      • lowering cholesterol (Statins) interacts with VITAMIN E
      • Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with VITAMIN E 
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