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Vitamin E is sometimes called a ‘miracle worker’ and when you add up all the benefits it provides, it’s easy to understand why.

Studies show that vitamin E has a beneficial effect on aging, infertility, heart disease, cancer and athletic performance. Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties help to protect the body from cell damage that can lead to diverse ailments such as cancer, heart disease and cataracts.

Vitamin E works with other antioxidants such as vitamin C, to offer protection from certain chronic diseases. It also has a direct effect on inflammation, blood cell regulation, connective tissue growth and genetic control of cell division.

Vitamin E is thought to protect the body against a variety of carcinogens and toxins – including mercury, lead, carbon tetrachloride, benzene, ozone and nitrous oxide. It can also prevent the formation of nitrosamines from nitrates and nitrites found in cured meats, cigarette smoke and polluted air.

Low amounts of vitamin E have been found in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists believe that the vitamin is depleted during the inflammatory process. Clinical trials have shown that high levels of vitamin E (1.200-1,800 IU per day) can decrease the inflammation and pain of arthritis.

Some double-blind studies have shown that vitamin E improves glucose tolerance in people with type 2 diabetes, although it may take three months or more of supplementation for the benefits to become apparent. Some researchers also believe that large amounts of vitamin E may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

There’s still more! Two studies show that men and women who supplement with at least 100 IU of vitamin E every day for at least two years have a 37-41% drop in the risk of heart disease. Even more impressive was the 77% drop in nonfatal heart attacks reported after participants were given 400-800 IU vitamin E each day. Accounting to research, vitamin E seems to help prevent heart attacks, but isn’t helpful in the treatment of heart conditions. So it’s important to take it as a preventive measure.