Benefits of Anti Aging Vitamin E

I'm Not Really A Doctor, I Just Play One on HubPages

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I'm putting the caution upfront before telling you about anti aging vitamin E:

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE PUTTING YOURSELF ON THIS OR ANY HEALTH REGIME!


Anything you put into your body has some kind of consequence to you physically. Please don't assume that because we're talking about a vitamin here, that there is no risk.

NEVER take enormous amounts of Vitamin E! Vitamin toxicity can kick in at a couple of thousand IU's a day. Be aware that even doses of 400 IU's daily can be dangerous for those with blood disorders, as Vitamin E can cause a thinning of the blood, and is an anti-coagulant.

There, that's my disclaimer. On with the article. Thank-you.

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Vitamin E is the super hero of vitamins. It not only keeps you healthy, it tunes up certain areas of your body, infusing them with a vital countenance. If you're raising an eyebrow in doubt, perhaps this article will convince you. Read on to discover the wondrous Anti Aging Vitamin E.

Super Hero Protection

If you do nothing else to prevent disease and free radical invasion of your body, take Vitamin E . Also known as alpha tocopherol, it brings and preserves more youth to your physical body. The following issues fall under the protective shield of this super supplement.

Arteries

Artery hardening and clogging starts early in life, and worsens as we age. Free radicals attack and oxidate bad cholesterol in the blood, unleashing its toxic rancidity to infiltrate the artery walls. Vitamin E stops this process and puts a halt to the LDL cholesterol module to block and reduce oxidation, shrinking plaque and making arteries a little clearer as it does . 400 to 800 IU per day is said to be the ideal amount for benefits to this area of your body.

Heart

Until 2004, Vitamin E was said to suppress heart attacks. That statement was proven during studies at Harvard University, though it didn't profess to happen instantly. It required a consistent regime of 100 to 250 IU for a couple of years to realize the full benefits. A meta study in 2004 revealed that the first claim of heart attack and stroke prevention was untrue. You can decide for yourself.

Immunity

Everyone's immune system declines with age, but it needn't. According to tests performed at Tuft's University, anti-aging Vitamin E's ability to block free radical oxidation gives a dramatically youthful boost to immunity responses in some people. While not every person in the study benefited, the ones that responded did so dramatically. White blood cell counts jumped significantly in as little as 30 days with a daily dose of 400 to 800 IU's.

Cancer

Studies have shown that Vitamin E inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Low levels of this vitamin in the blood equates to a higher susceptibility to cancer. Knowing that this vitamin can help is exciting!

Arthritis

Mega doses of Vitamin E can relieve the pain, swelling and stiffness of arthritic joints. It has been shown that up to 1,200 milligrams per day can bolster the low levels typically found in people with rheumatoid arthritis. It has been speculated that the higher dose is necessary because much of the vitamin is used to combat and ease existing free radical damage to the joints. *** If you didn't read the disclaimer at the start of this hub, please go back and do so now ***

Cataracts

Although not as powerfully as vitamin C, Vitamin E supplements can reduce the risk of cataracts, and do some damage control if the condition already exists.

Brain & Blood

What says youth better than good brain function and blood flow? A 100-400 IU dose of anti agingVitamin E daily is recommended for increased blood circulation to the body and the brain.


*** Additional Information ***

Vitamin E is extremely important when it comes to omega 3 fats. As the primary fat-soluble antioxidant, it keeps omega 3's from oxidating. This is a very good thing. Without the vitamin E, oxidation of omega 3 releases free radicals. Vitamin E to the rescue, again!

Thanks so much to Vitaman249 for letting me know about this important fact!

Food Sources vs Supplements

If we go back to the super hero analogy, anti aging Vitamin E is the powerful protector from harm in supplement form. Sources derived from food is the sidekick in infancy. Still good for you, but not much power.

You would have to eat 28 cups of peanuts or drink 2 quarts of corn oil in order to get the 400 IU's of a daily supplement. Regular multi-vitamins typically contain around 30 IU's, so go for a separate supplement of at least 100 IU's. Take 400 IU's for blocking oxidation and boosting immunity.

It is recommended that you split the dosage up, i.e. take two smaller ones twice a day, and always take them at mealtime.

And in conclusion....

Are you still doubtful about the benefits of Anti Aging Vitamin E? There's only one way to know for sure - try it yourself.

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rodney southern 8 years ago from Greensboro, NC

Excellent tips and very well done. Great job!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Rodney!!


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ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub. I take multi-vitamins (almost) every day! :) Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts on beauty tips. :) And other health tips too! :)

ProCW

PS. T.U. :D


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, CW. Hope there's lots of vitamin e in those supplements for you.

Thx for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.


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DiamondRN 8 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

Shirley, the anti-oxidant properties of Vitamin E in all forms is responsible for the good effects that you mention in your article. It depletes and ties up the free radicals (the bad guys) floating around in the blood and interstitial fluids. Bob


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

Great hub, I'm a big believer in Vitamin E's benefits to our systems! The Amazon ad on this column shows softgels version of Vitamin E. Many nutritionists, scientists, state that the softgels are a waste of money. Vitamin E in it's dry form, 400 i.u. a day, are the best form to take. Sadly, drugstore and grocery chains don't really mind, at all, taking your money by selling those softgels. The dry form usually only available at health food stores or pharmacies very interested in selling credible products.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Dr. Bob, thanks for coming, and for explaining better how Vitamin E works in our systems. I really appreciate it.

Desert Blondie - I'm glad you mentioned that, because I was unaware of it! Too bad the dry form is hard to find, that may discourage some people. I'll have to see if Amazon has some powdered products to offer. Thanks so much!!


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michellemoseley 8 years ago from New Hampshire

Hi Shirley,

This information is very exciting, especially in the cases of chronic diseases such as cancer, arthritis and the heart. I take my vitamins in a liquid form. They come in a powder and the instructions are to mix one serving with one ounce of water. I hope this is considered powder as spoken about in an earlier comment and I'm getting a good product.

Thanks for pointing out how a person needs to be careful about taking large doses of anything. I know, myself, that if a little is good, a lot must be better. right?  Not always so. Overdoese can happen even when it's "all natural", so checking with a professional is great advice.

Michelle


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

A great place to get your E from food is a handful of almonds each day. I take a little snack pack baggie with about 12 almonds and nibble over several hours. These almonds contain the "good fats" like guacamole and salmon.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Michelle:

I'm afraid I can't speak to the quality of different powders. Perhaps Dr. Bob or Desert Blondie can shed some light on that.

Re the cautions, I feel that I have to do that. I would find it hard to live with myself if someone became ill because I didn't. As you mentioned, many people think that anything natural can't harm you no matter how much you take, and that simply isn't so.

Thx so much for reading and commenting, Michelle.

Desert Blondie:

Thx for the additional info. I love almonds, so that's an easy one for me, but I'm wondering if there is enough Vitamin E in them to help get to the 400 IU recommended daily dosage. I'm hoping the answer is yes.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Hi Shirley.

I'm sitting here thinking about what the last sentence under Immunity says, "White blood cell counts jumped significantly in as little as 30 days with a daily dose of 400 to 800 IU's."

I do not take extra vit. E, just what's in multi vit. which I'm great for skipping frequently. LOL I do love almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds which I love to snack on.

I'm looking at my recent medical record which my doctor commented "your white blood cells and platelets are both elevated" .

I just never know when to take what vitamin and with what at what time or where. Taking vitamins is so confusing to me and that's why I have been so very inconsistent with taking them.

So what would Dr. Hubpage Anderson have to say about this? LOL, you are so dam funny!!!!!


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Thanx doctor Anderson for this advice!:) I think anymore anti-aging tips i get will start giving me a baby face!! lol!!

Seriously, I now know i need more vitamin E and will take on board all above tips u mentioned and comments!


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Lilymag 8 years ago from Upstate New York

Great hub Shirley! I have found Vitamin E to be great for scars also...just rub the vitamin E gel on the scar and it helps fade over time...


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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Hooray for Dr. Anderson-- well researched and well presented--now I'm off to buy some almonds and guacamole--yum!


jim1307 8 years ago

Interesting and informative. However, I'll pass on popping pills, and mature like a fine wine and crumbly cheese without the supplements, LOL


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

One ounce of almonds officially gives 35% of daily recommended amount of Vitamin E...so, what's the "recommended amount"  I guess that would be 3 ounces of almonds per day to get full 'dosage' which wouldn't need if it's already in your multi-vitamin.  Good news is, the almonds provide loads of fiber that a supplement never will. So chop some up for your breakfast oatmeal, to sprinkle in evening's salad or on top of asparagus or broccoli, then munch on one ounce throughout the day...you're set!


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

We're all going to be so healthy we'll live hundreds of years -- all green and wrinkled. LOL valuable info on Vit E...thank you!!!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dottie - sounds like you have the organs of a ten year old! :) I can understand why you're confused as to what you should take. Luckily, it must mean that you're nice and healthy!

Compu-Smart, nothing wrong with a baby face. Lots of pretty women will want to pinch your cheeks. Hope you stay young and healthy forever!

Lilymag - I didn't insert that bit of info because I wasn't sure if it was true or not. I'm glad you came by to mention it. I can't use it, I'm allergic, but I'm sure lots of people will be glad to read your comment about how it helps scars. I break out in HORRIBLE rash if I get within 50 feet of it.

Thx-a-lot, Lilymag.

Robie - thanks so much for coming by! The information I found said that you can't get enough from food alone, but I'm getting the sense from Desert Blondie that it may be enough unless you're on a specific mission.

Enjoy the almonds and guacamole!

Hi Jim - I chuckled when I read your comment. :) You've have decided to grow old gracefully, good for you! Don't forget to get enough E to keep you healthy, though.

Desert Blondie, what would I do without you? Thanks again for contributing all this valuable (and appetizing) information!

Marisue - green and wrinkled can be sexy, you just need a LOT of confidence and a distracting wardrobe. Besides, everyone else will be old and green too. Anybody besides me thinking of Kermit?

Thx, Marisue!


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Die'Dre' 8 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

I firmly believe in Vitamin E. Thanks for the hub; lots of helpful comments and tips.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Die'Dre'! I'm glad you're enjoying the benefits of Vitamin E. It'll keep ya young and lively.


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ausmark627 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Good info!Very useful.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you Ausmark!


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Shirley, if I have the organs LOL of a 10 yr. old then I could live to be the oldest human being on the face of this earth. I did the math! (approx. 400 yrs. old!).


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fourseasons 8 years ago from Pink City

thanks for nice knowledge of Vitamins, I take daily Nutrilite Daily (Multi Vitamin tablets)

thanks


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

My God Dottie, I didn't think anyone was older than me! Guess I was wrong. :)

Fourseasons, I'm glad that you're making sure to get your vitamins! Thank-you so much for commenting.


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ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina

i just need to smile after shirley's comment to dottie... so...

:D

ProCW


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hehe.... :-D


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Great intro to every vitamin E :). I love your opening line, I am not a doctor, I just play one at HubPages.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thx, SweetiePie.

Yeah, I like that line too. Reminds of that character on The Simpsons that used to say something like that.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Great info artickle. Vitamin E IS REALLY great... Just little suggestion, if you do not mind:Combination of ALL vitamins and minerals is the best. Minerals are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for tissues / cells building&regeneration... Thanks.


buddy 8 years ago

Vitamin E is good in small quantities. No doubt.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Tatjana! No, I don't mind you contributing at all, I welcome it. Thank-you for mentioning the mineral connection, that's something people should know.

Thx for commenting, Buddy.


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VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Enjoyed reading this article, and its interesting, I have developed a craving for almonds, just love them and eat them often... could be the vitamin E content that my body craves. I believe in good self care, which to me involves knowing how to take vitamins to support the body- most of us do not eat perfect diets. Didn't know vitamin E is good for the heart... thanks for the info!


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laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

I have been a believer of Vitamin E for over 25 years and I never exceed the recommended daily intake. Also every now and then I take a break from the supplement because I eat pretty healthy. Your Hub is very informative.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ah VioletSun, I would think that if you're craving something, your body needs it. The body has a way of letting us know stuff like that.

I think that Vitamin E affects so many different areas at least in part due to the fact that increases blood circulation, which is a very good thing.

Thx for coming by and commenting!

Laringo, you are so practical....and healthy, I'll bet! Thx so much for taking the time to comment!


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msms 8 years ago

Yes Ms Shirley Anderson, the Doctor of vita-E! so Vitamin E is the secret of your energy and vitality. Doctors recommend E for good skin, which of course was not sufficient reason to think of vitamin E, but you have sent it to heart's palpitations. Thanks


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

MSMS - thank-you for coming by and commenting!

Yes, Vitamin E is very good for you, your body needs it along with the rest.

Keep healthy, my friend!


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betherickson 8 years ago from Minnesota

This is great information, Shirley. Superb! :)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Beth!


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Randa Kassisieh 8 years ago

Hello shirley, you have wonderful content!  We have similar ideas, it is great learning from the pros! I really enjoyed your info.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Randa. Thank-you! I'm glad you dropped by, it's nice to meet someone of like mind.


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hypnosis4u2 7 years ago from Massachusetts

I'm a fan of Vitamin E as well and enjoyed reading your discussion here Shirley. Thank you for thoughtful and useful hub.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Hypnosis! I'm glad that you like it.


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ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

Now this is excellent info on preserving your health. I'd say that vitamin C is Superhero E's sidekick against the criminal elements known as disease and sickness.

http://www.anti-aging.org


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, OcBill! I agree with you, well said.


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vitaman249 7 years ago from Saudi Arabia

thanks for the great info. I am nor a doctor either, but I heard that Omega-3 works best with vitamin E. I think you should mention that in your article.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Vitaman. I hadn't heard that about Omega3 and Vitamin E. I will definitely check into that and add something about it.

Love your name, by the way. :)

Thanks, again!


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one2get2no 7 years ago from Olney

I certainly need these.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

So do I, One2get2no. I do good for awhile, then I slack for a bit, then get back to it.

Thanks for coming by!


peacefulparadox 7 years ago

I take 400 IU of Vitamin E daily. Vitamin E taken together with vitamin C can also help protect against Alzheimer.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Peacefulparadox, that sounds like a great combo. I didn't realize that it helps protect against Alzheimer's. Thank-you for sharing that important info!


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camlo 7 years ago from Cologne, Germany

Hi Shirley!

Another really interesting hub.

But isn't it hard these days to know what is good for you. Here you say, probably from reliable sources, that vit E can actually reduce the risk of cancer. On Sky News this year, I heard it actually causes it.

What do we believe?

But I have to tell you -- I live on cigarettes and coffee, and am never ill. And I'm not as young as I look ...

Yeah, I suppose genetic make up plays the most important role.

Good hub!

All the best,

Camlo


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Again, Camlo. I do get confused sometimes. It seems that they claim everything causes cancer, then they turn it around and say stuff is good for you. How a vitamin could cause cancer, I honestly don't know.

Hey, I live on coffee and cigarettes, too! I am also blessed with the 'youth' gene, ain't it great! I have this theory that all those chemicals have preserved me, like being kept in formaldehyde. I can also eat anything I want without gaining weight. I don't know why but I suspect it's thanks to my genetic makeup.

That being said, most people are not as lucky, I guess.

Thanks for the comment, Camlo.


giimasterone 7 years ago

useful topic .


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Giimasterone.


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MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV

Anti Aging is just a marketing term. People who eat healthy foods, exercise, and avoid toxic exposure simply look better than other people of their own age. You could add a simple list of high vitamin e foods like almonds as a source. It's unfortunate but because of Pharmaceutical company greed we have no real standards for vitamin purity and let the industry self regulate. While this keeps costs down it also allows a lot of junk product on the marketplace. AC Grace "Unique E" is the best manufacturer of Synthetic Vitamin E.

The real problem with Vitamin Supplementation is determining if one is really deficient. Unfortunately our Medical Schools teach Doctors next to nothing about Vitamin Supplementation. Unless you find a Doctor who is self interested in Vitamins you'll likely get little help from the Medical Community. Kind of a sick catch 22.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Everything you said makes good sense, Mike. Naturally, healthy people look better than unhealthy people. I like the idea of getting the vitamin E through foods, I may have to look into that, so I can add it.

Thanks for your informative comment, Mike.


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Benson Yeung 6 years ago from Hong Kong

Shirley,

Great information. I've learned a lot.

Benson Yeung


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Benson! So good to see you again! Thank-you for coming by. I doubt that I could teach a talented doctor like yourself anything about vitamins but thanks for saying so. :)

I was thinking about you the other day, wondering what you're up to.


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revitawellness 6 years ago from Mecklenburg

Vitamin has an anticoagulant effects & adult should not consume more than 1000 milligrams each day


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Revitawellness. I had put a warning at the top of the hub because I was concerned about somebody getting carried away. Now we know that 1000 milligrams is as much as we should take in a day.

Thanks, again.


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Research Analyst 6 years ago

This will be a vitamin that will be in high demand through the next decade because those who are able to get good health care are living longer and experiencing youthfulness.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I agree, RA. We're much healthier than our ancestors were, so longevity is alive and well. :)

Thanks for your comment.


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Paul Peterson 6 years ago

I like your hub. Thanks :)

I have made a thumbs up for your hub


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you very much, Paul!


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jaymelee23 6 years ago from United States

Very nice and detailed hub. Cancer is such a downer. I didn't know that Vitamin E helps combat that. Thanks for the share, Shirley.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Jaymelee. Hope the info proves helpful.


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Great read! Vitamin E indeed is a wonderful supplement that makes us look good! When the body is in good condition, it just shows on our physical appearance.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I agree whole-heartedly, PaperNotes! Thank-you for your comment.


zakie 5 years ago

thans for all advice if a person has hight presure can gave almond dealy ege 47


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Shirley Anderson 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're welcome, Zakie. Thank-you for the tip!


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vnustham 5 years ago from Thailand

Super Post! useful info. Thanks for your post. :-)


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Vitamin E is certainly very useful for skin. great Hub!


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Patnet 3 years ago from San Diego Area

Hi Shirley, nice hub as usual. Yes, Vit "E" is included in a lot of hand and skin lotions as it helps the skin to heal quicker from scratches, abrasions, burns, etc. It can help to mend the area where the scar is located so that it's difficult to see the scar. Good to be reminded about the benefits of the big "E."

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