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Why do people take vitamin E?

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Many people use vitamin E supplements in the hopes that the vitamin's antioxidant properties will prevent or treat disease. But studies of vitamin E for preventing cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cataracts, and many other conditions have been disappointing. So far, the only established benefits of vitamin E supplements are in people who have an actual deficiency. Vitamin E deficiencies are rare. They're more likely in people who have diseases, such as digestive problems and cystic fibrosis. People on very low-fat diets may also have low levels of vitamin E.

From: Vitamin E WebMD Medical Reference

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

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Vitamin E."

Office of Dietary Supplement: "Vitamin E."

Tribble, D.L. , February 1999. Circulation

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

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Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 12, 2017

SOURCES:

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

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Vitamin E."

Office of Dietary Supplement: "Vitamin E."

Tribble, D.L. , February 1999. Circulation

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

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

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

Smedts, H.P. , 2009. BJOG

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

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 12, 2017

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