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Benefits of Vitamin E 400 IU

by
author image A.L. Kennedy
A.L. Kennedy is a professional grant writer and nonprofit consultant. She has been writing and editing for various nonfiction publications since 2004. Her work includes various articles on nonprofit law, human resources, health and fitness for both print and online publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Alabama.
Benefits of Vitamin E 400 IU
Almonds are a natural source of Vitamin E. Photo Credit naito8/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that also promotes the health of red blood cells, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Antioxidants help protect and repair the body's cells. Vitamin E also helps the blood to clot, protecting the body when an injury occurs. The National Institutes of Health recommend that adult men and women get at least 22.4 IU of Vitamin E daily. Women who are pregnant or lactating need at least 28.4 IU daily. Taking a 400 IU supplement of Vitamin E may help promote health. Discuss all vitamin supplements with your doctor before taking them.

Skin Health

Vitamin E may benefit skin health in several ways, according to Healthy Skincare. Vitamin E's antioxidant properties may help prevent premature aging and help the skin heal from damage caused by the sun or by injury. Vitamin E also interacts with Vitamin A in the body, enhancing the ability of both vitamins to heal and protect the skin. Taking a vitamin E supplement daily may help promote skin health.

Eye Health

Vitamin E also helps protect eye health, according to the American Optometric Association. Having sufficient Vitamin E in your diet is a key element in slowing down the progression of both macular degeneration and cataracts. It also promotes a healthy retina, and is given to low birth weight babies to protect their early eye development. The American Optometric Association recommends getting adequate levels of Vitamin E, either through choosing foods rich in the vitamin or, with a doctor's supervision, by adding a Vitamin E supplement to your daily routine.

Menstrual Pain

At least 400 IU of Vitamin E daily may help relieve the pain of menstrual cramps. In a study cited by the University of Maryland Medical Center, patients who took a Vitamin E supplement for the two days before their periods began and for three days after experienced less pain from menstrual cramps than patients who took a placebo. Because pain with menstruation may indicate a medical problem such as uterine fibroids or pelvic inflammatory disease, have your pain evaluated by a physician before adding a Vitamin E supplement to your monthly routine.

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