The benefits of vitamin E, the body’s premier fat-soluble antioxidant, includes improving glucose control and protecting blood vessels and nerves from free-radical damage, which is accelerated by the diabetic condition. Studies have shown that high doses of supplemental vitamin E may even reverse damage to nerves caused by diabetes and protect against diabetic cataracts and atherosclerosis.
Research Proves Vitamin E Benefits
Additional research suggests that approximately 40 percent of people with diabetes have a gene variation (haptoglobin (Hp) 2-2 gene) that increases oxidative stress and doubles or triples their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Israeli researchers found that when these people took 400 IU of vitamin E daily, their risk of cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attack and death fell by 50 percent! Vitamin E’s benefits were so profound the study was terminated early so all study participants could benefit.
Oxidative stress also contributes to liver damage, which if untreated, can lead to complications such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The best-studied antioxidant for NAFLD also happens to be vitamin E, with doses ranging from 400 to 1,200 IU per day, which results in reductions in fatty liver infiltration.
I recommend that everyone take at least 300-400 IU of vitamin E every day.
Note: For optimal vitamin E benefits, take only the natural forms. You can tell it’s natural if it’s listed as d-alpha-tocopherol or d-alpha-tocopheryl. Synthetic Vitamin E is listed as dl-alpha-tocopherol or dl-alpha tocopheryl (note the “l”).