Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 12, 2017
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E vitamin

Vitamin E's reputation as a heart helper has been deflated, as recent studies show it increases risk of death in heart patients, so hold off for now. This powerful antioxidant does, however, help keep your skin and your immune system healthy and ready to fight off infection. It's also tough on the big C, especially when it's paired with selenium. Research shows that this antioxidant may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by up to 53 percent and bladder cancer by almost half. It also helps reduce risk of eye diseases such as cataracts by 14 percent, in one study.


Conditions
Cancer risk
Heart
Immunity Prostate cancer Vision


Recommendations
200 IU d-alpha-tocopherol daily
Natural sources: Vegetable oils, leafy green vegetables
Take vitamin E with food for best absorption


Interactions and side effects
Blood-thinning medicine. Ask your doctor
Heart problems. May increase risk
Statins. May reverse the effects

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