Re-think Vitamin E


Sometimes, we like to grab hold of the “latest and greatest,” but this article from Natural Insights for Well Being reminds us that “oldies but goodies” are also a valid approach to helping you meet your health goals.  Enjoy!

New studies support brain and bone benefits in young and old

More vitamin E, higher IQ in children

Infants with extremely low birth weight—less than 2 pounds, 3 ounces—are usually born at 27 weeks gestational age or earlier, and are more susceptible to complications and impaired mental development.

In this study, researchers divided 259 school age kids born at extremely low birth weights into three groups based on how long they were given vitamin E supplements as infants; less than six months, more than six months, or no vitamin E supplements.

Compared to no vitamin E and short-term vitamin E, kids who got vitamin E for six months or more had the lowest incidence of mental impairment and better IQ test performance.

Reference: Acta Paediatrica; 2015, Vol. 104, No. 2, e82-9

More vitamin E, fewer fractures in older adults

Bone fracture and osteoporosis may increase along with chronic oxidative stress, and vitamin E has antioxidant properties which may counteract this type of bone damage. To test the theory, doctors in this study followed 14,738 older women for 19 years, and 1,138 older men for 12 years.

For women, those who got the least alpha tocopherol vitamin E in the diet were 86 percent more likely to have had a hip fracture over the 19-year follow-up period, while women who took alpha tocopherol supplements were 22 percent less likely.

For men, those with low circulating levels of alpha tocopherol vitamin E were more than three times as likely to have had a hip fracture over the 12-year follow up period compared to men with higher levels of vitamin E.

Reference: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; January, 2014, Published Online

Betsy’s Note: Vitamin E also thins blood.  Also, those with diabetes or kidney disease may have special limitations with this vitamin.  Since vitamin E is fat soluble, be sure to start slow and work up to bottle directions.  This article is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Consult your healthcare provider.

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