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Why do people take vitamin E?

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Some people take vitamin E supplements in hopes that it may help prevent or treat cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cataracts, and other conditions. But studies have not yet proved the vitamin’s benefits. Taking supplements helps if you’re low on vitamin E. But few people are. Vitamin E deficiency is more likely in people who have diseases like digestive problems and cystic fibrosis, and those on very low-fat diets.

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, second edition, 2004.

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Vitamin E."

Office of Dietary Supplement: "Vitamin E."

Tribble, D.L. Circulation, February 1999.

Miller, E.R. III Annals of Internal Medicine, 2005.

Lonn, E. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2005.

Hayden, K.M. The American Journal of Medicine, 2007.

Smedts, H.P. BJOG, 2009.

Lawson, K.A. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2007.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 25, 2020

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, second edition, 2004.

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Vitamin E."

Office of Dietary Supplement: "Vitamin E."

Tribble, D.L. Circulation, February 1999.

Miller, E.R. III Annals of Internal Medicine, 2005.

Lonn, E. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2005.

Hayden, K.M. The American Journal of Medicine, 2007.

Smedts, H.P. BJOG, 2009.

Lawson, K.A. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2007.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 25, 2020

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