Vitamin E dissolves in fat and is found in fruits, vegetables, vegetable oils, meat, poultry, eggs, wheat germ oil, and cereals (Vitamin E, 2017) Vitamin E is commonly taken to treat the deficiency of vitamin E in human body, which occurs in low-weight premature infants and certain people with genetic disorders. Vitamin E is also consumed for preventing and treating the heart diseases, such as hardening of arteries, chest pain, heart attack, leg pain due to blocked arteries, and high blood pressure (Vitamin E, 2017). Vitamin E is also taken for treating diabetes and its various complications. It is also employed for preventing oral cancer and lung cancer in smokers specifically, polyps, colorectal cancer, pancreatic, gastric, and prostate cancer. Some people consume vitamin E for diseases of the brain and nervous system such as dementias, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, restless leg syndrome, night cramps, and for epilepsy, along with other medications. Vitamin E is also taken for Huntington's chorea, and other disorders involving muscles and nerves (Axe, 2017).
Women take vitamin E for averting problems in late pregnancy due to high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia), painful periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopausal syndrome, not flashes associated with breast cancer, and breast cysts (Axe, 2017). Apart from that, vitamin E is consumed for reducing the harmful effects of medical treatments like radiation and dialysis (Vitamin E, 2017). In addition, it is taken to avoid and minimize the unwanted side effects of drugs, such as lung damage in people consuming amiodarone and hair loss in people taking doxorubicin (Vitamin E, 2017). Also, vitamin E is used for improving physical strength and endurance, augmenting energy, reducing muscle damage after work and exercise. Vitamin E is also used for asthma, cataracts, respiratory infections, aging skin, skin disorders, infertility, cystic fibrosis, sunburns, peptic ulcers, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), for certain inherited diseases and allergies. Vitamin E deficiency causes abetalipoproteinemia, a rare hereditary disorder resulting in poor absorption of dietary fat, which is treated with the intake of vitamin E supplement (Vitamin E, 2016). Other problems such as poor transmission of nerve impulses, muscle weakness, and retinal degeneration that leads to blindness are treated through the consumption of vitamin E supplements (Vitamin E, 2016).
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