Last Modified on Jun 26, 2015
An antioxidant vitamin, vitamin E functions to protect the cells from damage. As such, vitamin E is a particularly important nutrient. Vitamin E can be used to treat and prevent a wide range of conditions.
What is Vitamin E?
A naturally occurring nutrient, vitamin E is present in eight chemical forms. The different forms of vitamin E include alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherol as well as alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienol. The different forms possess different levels of biological activity, with alpha-tocopherol being the only form that is identified as meeting the needs of the human body.
With so many different forms, vitamin E must be supplemented from the appropriate sources. A wide variety of foods provide limited amounts of vitamin E; however, nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils are identified as the best sources of the human form of the nutrient. Green leafy vegetables and fortified cereals are also significant sources of the nutrient. Specific foods that offer substantial amounts of the nutrient include wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, sunflower oil, hazelnuts, and peanut butter.
Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties make it particularly effective, yet this is not the only function of the nutrient. Vitamin E is also involved in immune function, gene expression, and metabolic processes.
Health Benefits of Vitamin E
Vitamin E plays a number of roles in the body and offers a wide range of nutritional and health benefits. With its main purpose as an antioxidant, vitamin E is a nutrient that the body needs daily.
Additionally, the nutrient helps the body by extending the life of cells and, in turn, preventing cancer. The nutrient also helps treat and prevent arteriosclerosis, heart attack, chest pain, leg pain associated with hardened or blocked arteries, and high blood pressure. Vitamin E is also useful for treating diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, night cramps, restless leg syndrome, and epilepsy. The nutrient can also help increase energy, reduce damage to the muscles after exercise, and improve muscle strength.
Vitamin E is an essential nutrient that plays a role in the functioning and maintenance of many of the organs. As such, it can be used to treat and prevent a wide range of conditions.
[YEA] Hi, sometimes (i'm thinking with hormone flucuations and whatnot) I have a low libido. It can go for months at a time. I have found that taking vitamin e does a lot for my body. I've even heard it been called an aphrodisiac. If you have a low libido, try it out- I was taking 400 IU capsules 3x a day. Sometimes I'd take just 2 or one.. see what works for you!
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[YEA] Just wanted to report in about vitamin e after reading about it on your website as an aphrodisiac (sp?). I usually take vitamin e (400, natural e, not synthetic) when I start to feel pms strike. I don't feel I need it until then. The interesting thing is that if I take it 15 to 30 minutes before... you know, errrrrr.... love making with my hubby, I find that it takes me a very short time to reach orgasm. Usually at this point in my cycle (1 week before my period) I get a little numb down there. But when I take vitamin E, things are hot, hot, hot! Ladies, let your friends know -- it really does work!
[YEA] I totally agree with the nurse from NYC - Vit E does seem to be an aphrodisiac! I put a few drops in with a plastic spoon nightly, & after a while was aware that my vagina felt & smelt healthy for a change. Suddenly, after four & a half weeks, I had an unexpected surge of libido which has shown no signs of abating. I'm so happy to have got back what used to be a very important part of me & which after a 4 year 'drought' I had become convinced had gone for ever. Tell everyone about it! Especially women post menopause (like me), who think loss of erotic feeling is something they just have to get used to. Incidentally, I was already on a very good high Vit E diet.
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Palm Beach, FL
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Salt Lake City, Utah
[YEA] A nurse at my college health clinic told me about vitamin E for vaginal dryness. Let me tell you, it works wonders! I take 1 capsule 2x a day. I also think that it is a aphrodisiac. Well, maybe it's just me. Hope to hear back from other women about this!
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Kennewick, Wa, Usa
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Philadelphia , Pa, Usa
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[YEA] I have been taking Effexor the past year now and, like many others, discovered how much it lowered my sex drive. I did a little research and came upon Vitamin E supplementation. It definitely helps... so does a lot of strenous exercise!
[YEA] Being happy is very important to me, so when my mood is off I notice it immediately. Believe it or not I walk around with a bottle of vitamin E in my pocket book for this purpose. I take one or two 400 IU of Vitamin E and it always helps to lift the contrary mood. Try it, you'll be glad you did. I started taking them when I was in perimenopause and I never had to take hormone medicine.
[YEA] After finding a lump in my breast, rushing to a doctor, I was told that I' needed to find a surgeon, before a scan was even taken. After the scan, I was informed that it was merely a cyst and I could either have it aspirated with a needle, or just leave it, as it would cause no harm. I left it alone, and remembered being told that vitamin E can cause cysts to go away. It worked and when the cyst came back a year later, I went straight to the vitamin E bottle, and next doctor appointment, there was no signs of the cyst.I take it continually now. I am currently taking vitamin E (as d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) 1000 IU, but if I recall, I was taking 400 IU when my cyst dissolved.
[YEA] I had breast pain and tenderness so severe that I couldn't stand my shirt or bra near my breast, I read somewhere to take viamin E. I bought Vitamin E 200 IU and started taking one pill a day and all of my breast soreness went away after the very first pill. I couldnt believe it and there is no way I will go a day without my vit E.
[YEA] Vitamin E has totally eliminated the breast pain I would get before my period, as well as the cramping I would get during my period. I take 400 IU once a day. The breast pain disappeared the first month I was taking this and the cramping disappeared the second month.
[YEA] Vitamin E in the liquid form (and wheat germ oil) is an effective treatment for hemorrhoids. Put the oil on a cotton ball and apply it a few times a day until the pain goes away.
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Mesa, Az, Usa
Someone recently suggested taking Vitamin E in large amounts. Was this to help with circulation? Thanks for anyone who can tell me.
[YEA] I am a 48 year old woman have recently started having hot flashes and night sweats. I had no idea how uncomfortable they would be, until it finally happened. I could not sleep because of the constant heat coming and going. During the day, I would have at least 5 episodes of them, but at night I would suffer at least 10 episodes, with constant interruption of sleep. I tried the raw apple cider vinegar with no success. So next I tried the vitamin E. All I had in the cabinet was 1000IU so that is what I took. I must say it worked on the first night, and the second night, so I feel safe in saying it really works. I take it at night about an hour before bed, Peace, Rena.
[YEA] I have taken vitamin E for years to reduce hot flashes. Works wonders.
[YEA] When my young son had chicken pox, he was covered with the itchy bumps and it was driving us all crazy. I tried calamine lotion, oatmeal baths, etc. before finally poking a vitamin E capsule and applying that. The itching stopped instantly! Now, whenever we have itching worth mentioning, we reach for the vitamin E. Make sure it is D-Alpha, though, not the synthetic DL-Alpha. The synthetic E is useless. Don't waste your money buying it.
[YEA] I took 4,000 IU of a high-quality vitamin E every day for six weeks to eliminate liver spots on my face that had developed.
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