STORY AT-A-GLANCE
Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that combats inflammation, makes red blood cells, supports healthy immune function and helps your body use vitamin K, which is important for heart health
Vitamin E deficiency increases your risk for immune dysfunction, cognitive deterioration, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, including prostate, breast, colon and lung cancers
A meta-analysis of 11 studies concluded that patients with lower concentrations of serum vitamin E (the vitamin E level in your blood) had a higher risk for colorectal cancer. Other studies have shown natural vitamin E may reduce your risk of lung cancer by more than 60%, and gamma-tocotrienol, a cofactor, may decrease prostate tumor formation by 75% and inhibit growth in human breast cancer cells
Vitamin E also prevents linoleic acid (LA) stored in your tissues from being oxidized into toxic byproducts. Since most people have LA stores that are 10 times higher than normal, and since excess LA likely is one of the primary contributors to chronic disease, it can be a good idea to take vitamin E regularly until you get your LA down to healthy levels
When supplementing, make sure it’s made with natural (not synthetic) vitamin E and has a balance of all eight vitamin E compounds that is free of genetically engineered ingredients and soy

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