Vitamin E is also known as “Tocopherol”.
Natural sources of vitamin E include:
- Vegetable oil
- Green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli
- Nuts like peanuts, almonds Peanuts
- Red bell pepper
Animal products high in vitamin E :
- goose meat
1 . In men, vitamin E increases sperm count and sperm motility. Also, taking it by mouth improves pregnancy rates for men with fertility problems.
2 . Taking vitamin E by mouth will help reduce anxiety, depression and cravings in some women with PMS (Premenstrual syndrome).
3 . It increases the level of testosterone as such increases sex drive
4 . The required daily intake of vitamin E is 15mg for both man and woman
5 . Taking vitamin E 2 days before menstruation starts can help decrease pain and reduce menstrual blood loss.
6 . In older people, it can help strengthen the muscles and boost physical strength.
7 . Taking vitamin E together with vitamin C helps to improve vision
8 . It has antioxidant properties and it helps the nerves work well.
9 . You can be allergic to vitamin E and toxicity due to overdose of vitamin E is possible.
10 . The side effects of vitamin E are rare but they include : Nausea, Diarrhea, and some not included here
11 . It is a fat-soluble vitamin
12 . YOU SHOULD NOT CRUSH OR CHEW VITAMIN E CAPSULES.
It is encapsulated because the content has unpleasant taste and may be irritable if chewed. Another reason for it’s encapsulation is because it is meant to start work at the stomach level, after digestion of the capsule. If you chew, chances are it will be digested by salivary juices and fail to reach the stomach intact.
13 . Vitamin E increases the effects and side effects of cyclosporine and as such should not be taken with it.
14 . Vitamin E also increase the rate at which the liver breaks down certain drugs as such consult your healthcare provider if you are to take vitamin E with any other drug.
15 . Vitamin E should not be taken together with drugs meant to lower cholesterol level.
16 . Vitamin E (especially high dose) should not be taken together with Aspirin,Warfarin, Ibuprofen, diclofenac, etc. This is because vitamin E can interfere with blood clotting as such can lead to easy bruising and bleeding when taken with those drugs which act as a blood thinner.