Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin. It's found in foods like vegetable oils, cereals, meats, poultry, fruits, vegetables.
There are many uses for Vit. E but its main use is that of an antioxidant. This helps to maintain the integrity of the cell membranes throughout the body. It also helps in minimizing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Thus keeping it from sticking to the artery walls.
Cancer - mainly seen as a possible means to reduce the threat of prostate cancer. Test results showed that supplementation lowered the risk by 15%.
Cardiovascular Disease - Several studies have shown that increased vit. E consumption was associated with a decreased risk of heart attack or death from heart disease. One study indicated a 24% reduction in cardiovascular related deaths.
Immune Function - enhancement of specific aspects of the immune response that usually appears to decline as we age.
There are two types of vit. E, the d-alpha-tocopherol and dl-alpha-tocopherol. The d form is the natural form while the dl is the synthetic form. Most supplements come with the synthetic form which has have of the biological activity of the natural form. Be sure that the multivitamin that you take has the dform like the supplements that I take.
The largest study in medical history followed 29,000 men for over 19 years. During this time frame 13,000 of the people in the study died. The study proved that there was a significant reduction in the overall mortality in the men with the highest levels .
American Journal Clinical Nutrition 2006 Nov:84(5):1200-7
Reductions in specific diseases: