Vitamin E Uses

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Vitamin E is a vitamin that dissolves in fat. It is found in many foods including vegetable oils, cereals, meat, poultry, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and wheat germ oil. It is also available as a supplement.

Vitamin E is used for treating vitamin E deficiency, which is rare but can occur in people with certain genetic disorders and in very low-weight premature infants. Vitamin E is also used for many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.

The American Heart Association recommends obtaining antioxidants, including vitamin E, by eating a well-balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains rather than from supplements until more is known about the risks and benefits of taking supplements.

A type of vitamin E called vitamin E acetate is an ingredient in some vaping products. Using vaping products containing vitamin E acetate has been linked to serious lung injury.

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Vitamin E is an important vitamin required for the proper function of many organs in the body. It is also an antioxidant. This means it helps to slow down processes that damage cells.

Uses & Effectiveness

Effective for

  • An inherited condition that affects motor control (ataxia with vitamin E deficiency or AVED). The genetic movement disorder called ataxia causes severe vitamin E deficiency. Vitamin E supplements are used as part of the treatment for ataxia.
  • Vitamin E deficiency. Taking vitamin E by mouth is effective for preventing and treating vitamin E deficiency.

Possibly Effective for

  • Alzheimer disease. Some early research suggests that dietary intake of vitamin E is linked to a lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. But not all research agrees. Taking vitamin E supplements doesn’t seem to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from developing. In people who already have Alzheimer’s disease, taking vitamin E along with some anti-Alzheimer medicines might slow down the worsening of memory loss. Vitamin E might also delay the loss of independence and the need for caregiver assistance in people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Low levels of red blood cells in people with long-term illness (anemia of chronic disease). Some research shows that taking vitamin E improves the response to the drug erythropoietin, which affects red blood cell production, in adults and children on hemodialysis.
  • A blood disorder that reduces levels of protein in the blood called hemoglobin (beta-thalassemia). Taking vitamin E by mouth seems to benefit children with a blood disorder called beta-thalassemia and vitamin E deficiency.
  • Leakage of intravenous (IV) drug from the vein into the surrounding skin and tissue (extravasation). Applying vitamin E to the skin together with dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) seems to be effective for treating leakage of chemotherapy into surrounding tissues.
  • Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea). Taking vitamin E for 2 days before bleeding and for 3 days after bleeding starts seems to decrease pain and reduce menstrual blood loss. Taking vitamin E with fish oil might provide even more pain relief than taking vitamin E alone.
  • Scarring or hardening of blood vessels in the kidney (glomerulosclerosis).There is some evidence that taking vitamin E by mouth might improve kidney function in children with glomerulosclerosis.
  • An inherited disorder that causes red blood cells to break down in response to stress (G6PD deficiency). Some research shows that taking vitamin E by mouth, alone or together with selenium, might benefit people with an inherited disorder called G6PD deficiency.
  • A type of non-cancerous skin sore (granuloma annulare). Applying vitamin E to the skin seems to clear up skin sores called granuloma annulare.
  • An inherited brain disorder that affects movements, emotions, and thinking (Huntington disease). Natural vitamin E (RRR-alpha-tocopherol) can improve symptoms in people with early Huntington disease. However, it doesn’t seem to help people with more advanced disease.
  • Bleeding within the skull (intracranial hemorrhage). Taking vitamin E by mouth seems to be effective for treating bleeding in the skull in premature infants.
  • Bleeding into or around the fluid-filled areas (ventricles) of the brain (intraventricular hemorrhage). Some research shows that giving vitamin E by mouth to premature infants can reduce the risk of bleeding into the brain. But giving high doses of vitamin E might increase the risk for a serious blood infection (sepsis) in these infants.
  • Conditions in a man that prevent him from getting a woman pregnant within a year of trying to conceive (male infertility). Taking vitamin E by mouth improves pregnancy rates for men with fertility problems. But taking high doses of vitamin E together with vitamin C doesn’t seem to provide the same benefits.
  • Reduced benefit of nitrate therapy that happens when nitrates are used all day (nitrate tolerance). There is some evidence that taking vitamin E daily can help prevent nitrate tolerance.
  • Swelling (inflammation) and build-up of fat in the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH). Taking vitamin E daily seems to improve inflammation and liver markers of this form of liver disease in adults and children.
  • Parkinson disease. People who get more vitamin E in their diet might have a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. Taking supplements containing vitamin E doesn’t seem to benefit people already diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Recovery from laser eye surgery (photoreactive keratectomy). Taking high doses of vitamin A along with vitamin E (alpha-tocopheryl nicotinate) daily seems to improve healing and vision in people undergoing laser eye surgery.
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Taking vitamin E by mouth seems to reduce anxiety, craving, and depression in some women with PMS.
  • Physical performance in elderly adults. Research suggests that increasing vitamin E intake in the diet is linked with improved physical performance and muscle strength in older people.
  • Scarring of tissue caused by radiation therapy. Taking vitamin E by mouth with the drug pentoxifylline seems to treat scarring caused by radiation. However, taking vitamin E alone doesn’t seem to be effective.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Vitamin E taken along with standard treatment is better than standard treatment alone for reducing pain in people with RA. However, this combination doesn’t reduce swelling.
  • Sunburn. Taking high doses of vitamin E (RRR-alpha-tocopherol) by mouth together with vitamin C protects against skin inflammation after exposure to UV radiation. However, vitamin E alone doesn’t provide the same benefit. Applying vitamin E to the skin, together with vitamin C and melatonin, provides some protection when used before UV exposure.
  • A movement disorder often caused by antipsychotic drugs (tardive dyskinesia). Taking vitamin E by mouth seems to improve symptoms associated with the movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia. However, some other research suggests that it doesn’t improve symptoms, but may prevent symptoms from worsening.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the eye (uveitis). Taking vitamin E with vitamin C by mouth seems to improve vision, but doesn’t reduce swelling, in people with uveitis.

Possibly Ineffective for

  • An eye disease that leads to vision loss in older adults (age-related macular degeneration or AMD). Most research suggests that taking vitamin E, alone or along with other antioxidants, isn’t effective for preventing or treating age-related vision loss.
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS). Research suggests that taking vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) along with conventional medication doesn’t affect the function or increase survival rates compared to conventional medication alone in people with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • Chest pain (angina). Taking vitamin E by mouth might have some effect on the functioning of blood vessels, but it doesn’t appear to reduce chest pain.
  • Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Taking vitamin E (RRR-alpha-tocopherol) by mouth doesn’t appear to prevent the progression of atherosclerosis. However, there is some early evidence that taking vitamin E and vitamin C might help prevent the progression of atherosclerosis in men.
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis). Research suggests that taking vitamin E, alone or along with selenium, doesn’t improve symptoms of eczema.
  • Hot flashes in people treated for breast cancer. Taking vitamin E by mouth doesn’t seem to reduce hot flashes in women who have had breast cancer.
  • A lung disease that affects newborns (bronchopulmonary dysplasia). Taking vitamin E by mouth doesn’t seem to reduce an infant’s risk for developing a lung disease called bronchopulmonary dysplasia.
  • Cancer. Taking a combination of vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, selenium, and zinc doesn’t seem to lower overall cancer risk. However, it might reduce the risk of cancer in men, although evidence is conflicting.
  • Cataracts. Most research shows that taking vitamin E doesn’t prevent cataracts.
  • Nerve damage in the hands and feet caused by cancer drug treatment. Research shows that taking vitamin E before and after treatment with certain cancer drugs does not reduce the risk of nerve damage.
  • Colon cancer, rectal cancer. Most evidence suggests that taking vitamin E doesn’t prevent the occurrence of colon cancer or rectal cancer or the development of non-cancerous colorectal tumors, which are considered precursors to colon cancer.
  • Heart failure and fluid build up in the body (congestive heart failure or CHF). Taking vitamin E by mouth for 12 weeks doesn’t seem to improve heart function in people with CHF and doesn’t decrease the chance of developing CHF.
  • Head and neck cancer. Taking vitamin E (all-rac-alpha-tocopherol) daily during radiation therapy and for 3 years after the end of therapy doesn’t seem to reduce the risk of head and neck cancer recurrence. There is some concern that taking vitamin E might actually increase the risk of tumor recurrence. People with head and neck cancer should avoid daily vitamin E supplements in doses over 400 IU daily.
  • High blood pressure. Taking vitamin E by mouth doesn’t seem to lower blood pressure in people already taking blood pressure medications.
  • Infants with a birth weight below the 10th percentile due to inadequate nutrition. Some research shows that taking vitamin E throughout pregnancy does not lower the risk of having a baby with low birth weight because of inadequate nutrition while in the womb.
  • Liver disease. Taking vitamin E doesn’t reduce the risk of death in people with liver disease.
  • A group of inherited disorders that cause muscle weakness and muscle loss (muscular dystrophy). Taking vitamin E with selenium or the drug penicillamine doesn’t seem to slow the progression of muscular dystrophy.
  • White patches inside the mouth are usually caused by smoking (oral leukoplakia). Most research shows that taking vitamin E for up to 7 years doesn’t reduce the risk for mouth sores in men who smoke.
  • Osteoarthritis. Taking vitamin E doesn’t seem to decrease pain or stiffness in people with osteoarthritis. Vitamin E also doesn’t seem to prevent the condition from becoming worse.
  • Pancreatic cancer. Taking vitamin E, alone or together with other antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamin C, doesn’t seem to reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
  • A type of throat cancer (pharyngeal cancer). Taking vitamin E by mouth doesn’t seem to reduce the risk of mouth or pharyngeal cancer in people with diabetes.
  • A pregnancy complication marked by high blood pressure and protein in the urine (pre-eclampsia). Most evidence shows that taking vitamins E and C doesn’t reduce the risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy.
  • Preterm birth. Research shows that taking vitamin E during pregnancy does not lower the risk for preterm birth.
  • Prostate cancer. Most research suggests that taking vitamin E supplements doesn’t reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, and might actually increase the risk.
  • Infection of the airways. Taking vitamin E by mouth, alone or as a multivitamin, doesn’t seem to help prevent respiratory tract infections. It also doesn’t seem to lessen symptoms once an infection develops.
  • An inherited eye condition that causes poor night vision and loss of side vision (retinitis pigmentosa). Taking vitamin E by mouth doesn’t appear to slow vision loss, and might actually increase vision loss, in people with a condition called retinitis pigmentosa.
  • An eye disorder in premature infants that can lead to blindness (retinopathy of prematurity). Research shows that giving vitamin E to premature infants does not lower the risk for retinopathy. High doses of vitamin E might also increase the risk of a serious blood infection (sepsis) in these infants.
  • Schizophrenia. Taking vitamin E with other ingredients doesn’t seem to improve symptoms of schizophrenia.
  • Schizophrenia. Taking vitamin E with other ingredients doesn’t seem to improve symptoms of schizophrenia.
  • Scarring. Applying vitamin E to the skin doesn’t seem to reduce scarring after surgery.
  • Stillbirth. Some research shows that taking vitamin E throughout pregnancy does not lower the risk of stillbirth.

Likely Ineffective for

  • Non-cancerous breast disorders. Taking vitamin E supplements doesn’t help treat non-cancerous breast disorders, also known as benign breast disease.
  • Breast cancer. Although having higher blood levels of vitamin E might be linked with a reduced risk of breast cancer, increasing vitamin E intake from the diet or supplements doesn’t reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Heart disease. Vitamin E doesn’t prevent heart disease in healthy people or those at risk. It also doesn’t seem to prevent stroke or heart attack in people with heart disease.
  • Death of an unborn or premature baby. Vitamin E given to preterm infants doesn’t seem to reduce the risk of death in the infant.
  • Lung cancer. Taking man-made vitamin E for up to 8 years doesn’t reduce the risk of developing lung cancer in men who smoke. Taking natural vitamin E for up to 10 years also doesn’t prevent lung cancer or reduce the risk of death from lung cancer.
  • Death from any cause. Research suggests that taking vitamin E for at least 1 year doesn’t reduce the risk of death from any cause.
  • Growth and development in premature infants. Vitamin E doesn’t seem to prevent or treat anemia in preterm infants.

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Asthma. The role of vitamin E in asthma is unclear. While some research suggests that vitamin E prevents the risk of asthma and improves breathing in children, other research doesn’t show this effect.
  • Prone to allergies and allergic reactions (atopic disease). Taking vitamin E supplements during pregnancy doesn’t seem to decrease the chance of infants having eczema, food allergy, wheeze, or any allergic disease later in life.
  • Bladder cancer. Some research shows that consuming large amounts of vitamin E for at least 10 years might reduce the risk of bladder cancer. But it’s unclear how much vitamin E might be needed to reduce this risk. It’s also unknown if this benefit comes from eating vitamin E in the diet or taking vitamin E supplements.
  • Infections in people treated with cancer drugs. Research suggests that a higher intake of vitamin E in the diet might reduce the risk of infection in children treated with cancer drugs.
  • Hearing loss caused by the drug cisplatin. Early research shows that vitamin E seems to reduce the hearing loss caused by cisplatin.
  • Kidney damage caused by contrast dyes (contrast-induced nephropathy).Some research shows that vitamin E injected into the vein doesn’t decrease the risk of kidney damage caused by injected dyes. However, other research shows that taking vitamin E by mouth decreases the risk of kidney damage from the same dyes.
  • Diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, that interfere with thinking (dementia).Some research suggests that men who consume vitamin E and vitamin C have a decreased risk of developing some types of dementia. But taking vitamin E supplements doesn’t seem to prevent dementia.
  • Diabetes. Getting more vitamin E from the diet is linked to a lower risk of getting diabetes. However, vitamin E doesn’t improve blood sugar in most people who already have type 2 diabetes. It only seems to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes who also have low blood levels of vitamin E. Additionally, vitamin E might improve blood sugar control in people with type 1 diabetes.
  • Kidney damage in people with diabetes (diabetic nephropathy). Taking vitamin E might reduce levels of albumin in the urine and creatinine in the blood. High levels of albumin and creatinine are signs of kidney disease. But taking vitamin E doesn’t seem to prevent kidney disease from getting worse.
  • Nerve pain in people with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy). Early research suggests that vitamin E may help relieve diabetic nerve pain.
  • Down syndrome. Early research shows that vitamin E doesn’t improve mental ability in people over 50 with Down syndrome.
  • Stomach cancer. Taking vitamin E plus beta-carotene and/or vitamin C doesn’t seem to prevent stomach cancer. But there is some evidence that consuming more vitamin E from the diet might decrease the risk slow the progression of stomach cancer.
  • A digestive tract infection that can lead to ulcers (Helicobacter pylori or H.pylori). Early research suggests that taking vitamin C and vitamin E in addition to standard therapy increases the chances of cure for people with dyspepsia due to H. pylori infection.
  • A condition that slowly leads to kidney disease (IgA nephropathy). Early research suggests that taking vitamin E can improve kidney function in children with a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy.
  • Inability to become pregnant within a year of trying to conceive (infertility).Early research shows that taking vitamin E can improve some measures in women who have trouble getting pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF). But it’s not clear if vitamin E improves the chance of having a successful pregnancy.
  • Leg pain during exercise due to poor blood flow (intermittent claudication).Taking all-rac-alpha-tocopherol (synthetic vitamin E) alone or together with beta-carotene by mouth doesn’t appear to improve poor blood flow in the legs. However, other research suggests that taking vitamin E daily for 18 months reduces symptoms of intermittent claudication.
  • Lice. Early research suggests that using vitamin E spray (LiceKO) is more effective for removing head lice compared to permethrin rinse (Lyclear creme rinse).
  • Liver transplant. Taking vitamin E (tocopheryl succinate polyethylene glycol) might reduce the dose of immunosuppressant needed after a liver transplant.
  • The most serious type of skin cancer (melanoma). Some evidence suggests that taking vitamin E (RR-alpha-tocopherol) daily doesn’t reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Leg cramps that occur at night. Early evidence suggests that vitamin E might reduce nighttime leg cramps. However, other evidence suggests otherwise.
  • A build-up of fat in the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD). There is not enough evidence to know if vitamin E can help people with NAFLD. Some early research shows that vitamin E might improve markers of liver injury, reduce inflammation (swelling), and prevent the build-up of fat in the liver. But it doesn’t seem to reduce the formation of scar tissue in the liver.
  • Swelling (inflammation) and sores inside the mouth (oral mucositis). Some drugs used to treat cancer can cause painful mouth sores. Early research shows that applying vitamin E to the inside of the mouth helps heal these sores and reduce pain in children.
  • Weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis). Early research shows that consuming vitamin E in the diet leads to a lower chance of hip and other fractures in adults over 40 years old.
  • A disease that causes curved, painful erections (Peyronie disease). Early research shows that adding vitamin E to regular treatment doesn’t improve pain but may reduce plaque in people with Peyronie disease.
  • Breaking open (rupture) of the amniotic sac before labor begins. Some research shows that taking vitamin E throughout pregnancy does not lower the risk of having the amniotic sac break before labor begins. However, in women who have already had the amniotic sac break before labor, early research suggests that taking vitamin C and vitamin E increases the time until delivery by 5 days.
  • A disorder that causes leg discomfort and an irresistible urge to move the legs (restless legs syndrome or RLS). Early research shows that taking vitamin E, vitamin C, separately or together, reduces the severity of RLS in people on hemodialysis.
  • Stroke. There is some evidence that all-rac-alpha-tocopherol (synthetic vitamin E) might help prevent stroke in male smokers who have high blood pressure and diabetes. But not all research agrees, and some research shows that it might increase the risk for a certain type of stroke.
  • Thinning of vaginal tissue (vaginal atrophy). Early research shows that inserting a vitamin E suppository into the vagina can improve symptoms of vaginal atrophy in women with breast cancer who are taking the drug tamoxifen.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
  • Common cold.
  • A motor skill disorder marked by clumsiness (developmental coordination disorder or DCD).
  • Foot sores in people with diabetes.
  • Seizure disorder (epilepsy).
  • Sickle cell disease.
  • Stretch marks.

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