Friday, November 11, 2011

Mito Cocktail - Vitamin E

Vitamin E can be part of a person's Mito Cocktail.  Remember that each Mito patient is different and the cocktail is tailored to the individual.  America's Compounding Center says this about Vitamin E in their Mito Cocktail handout:

" Vitamin E, also known as tocopheral, is a fat-soluble vitamin. Fat Soluble vitains are stored by the body and do not need to be replaced daily through dietary consumption. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant and is involved in the formation of red blood cells. Dietary sources of Vitamin E include vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin E has been studied to prevent cancer, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and heart disease, as well as to treat dementia and improve cognition. However, these results have been somewhat controversial and inconclusive. Vitamin E deficiency is rare (since it is stored in the fat), and occur most often in premature infants and patients with abnormal fat absorption due to genetic or malasorption disorders. Symptoms of Vitamin E deficiency include muscle weakness, anemia, and nervous system dysfunction such as tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, loss of balance, and lack of coordination. Because vitamin E is fat soluble, doses are generally represented in international units (IU), rather than milligrams (mg). The UMDF recommends taking 200-400 IU of Vitamin E one to three times daily. Side effects of Vitamin E supplementation include nausea, diarrhea, bleeding or bruising easily, headache, and fatigue.  Patients with certain health problems such as diabetes or heart disease, should not take more than 400IU of vitamin E daily, as some studies have shown that it may increase the patient's risk of death."

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