E 400 IU
Vitamin E is a powerful scavenger of highly reactive free radicals in our body. Adequate levels of vitamin E are essential to protect our body from oxidative damage. Vitamin E 400IU provides vitamin E in the form of d-alpha tocopherol, the most bioavailable form of this vitamin.
A Potent Antioxidant
As they accumulate, free radicals can destroy cells, leading to degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease. This damage can also bring out the signs of ageing, including wrinkling of the skin, as well as increase one’s susceptibility to illness. Being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E can help prevent the onset and progression of these conditions.
Scientific evidence has shown the effectiveness of vitamin E in reducing the risk of heart disease. The Cambridge Heart Antioxidant Study (CHAOS) which had 2000 patients taking 400-800IU of vitamin E daily found that vitamin E reduced the risk of heart attacks by 77%.
Research at the Harvard School of Public Health has also shown reductions in the risk of heart disease among people who consume high doses of vitamin E.
The cardioprotective effects of vitamin E are attributed to its antioxidant properties, i.e. its ability to prevent the oxidation of LDL, which plays an important role in the causation of atherosclerosis. Studies have also shown that oral supplementation of large doses of vitamin E increases the resistance of LDL to oxidation. This is consistent with the Harvard findings that a vitamin E intake far higher than that achievable through diet alone is needed to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Vitamin E, being a natural blood thinner, helps to improve blood circulation and prevents blockages in the coronary arteries.
Other Findings on Vitamin E and Cardiovascular Diseases
- The use of vitamin E supplements was associated with a significantly reduced risk of coronary disease in Canadian men.
- Low dietary vitamin E intake was associated with elevated coronary mortality in Finnish men and women.
- Vitamin E enhanced the benefits of aspirin by reducing the incidence of strokes in high risk patients.
- The use of vitamin E supplements was associated with slower progression of coronary artery lesions in men taking cholesterol-lowering drugs and in those taking inactive placebos.
- The use of vitamin E supplements was associated with a lower risk of recurrence of coronary blockage in patients who had been treated for previous blockages.
- Two studies on diabetics (a high risk group for cardiovascular disease) showed beneficial changes in lipid peroxidation and other biochemical factors after vitamin E supplementation.
Reduced Cancer Risk
Smokers need more vitamin E because of the oxidative stress that smoking puts on the lungs. In studies carried out on smokers, the use of vitamin E supplements was associated with a significant decrease in the risk of lung cancer.
There is also increasing evidence that an elevated intake of vitamin E correlates with a decrease in incidence of other forms of cancer e.g. oral, skin and colon cancers.
As an antioxidant supplement. Helps protect against certain types of heart disease and cancers.
Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol acetate) - 400IU
Take 1 capsule daily with food, or as directed by your healthcare professional.
Although vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, it has had an excellent safety record. However, those with bleeding disorders or those on anti-coagulant medications should take extra caution with regards to this supplement.