What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) is a powerful antioxidant that protects the linings of cells and other parts of the body from damage by substances such as “bad cholesterol” (Low-Density Lipoprotein). Vitamin E also plays an important role in the body’s ability to process glucose. Some clinical trials suggest that Vitamin E supplementation may eventually prove to be helpful in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.
In the last ten years, the functions of Vitamin E in cells have been further clarified. In addition to its antioxidant function, Vitamin E is now known to act through other mechanisms, including direct effect on inflammation, blood cell regulation, connective tissue growth and genetic control of cell division.
How does it work?
Vitamin E is an indispensable ingredient in maintaining testicle tissue, and a Vitamin E deficiency has a markedly negative effect on sperm production and maturation.
Where does it come from?
Wheat germ oil, nuts and seeds, whole grains, egg yolks and leafy green vegetables all contain Vitamin E.
Safety / Side Effects
Vitamin E toxicity is very rare and supplements are widely considered to be safe.
Studies Involving Sperm
In Saudi Arabia, a volunteer group comprised of more than one hundred couples unable to conceive due to low male infertility participated in a study. In half of the group, males took daily Vitamin E supplementation, while the other half received a placebo. During the test period, none of the females in the placebo group became pregnant. By contrast, more than 20-percent of those in the Vitamin E group conceived - a much higher success rate than in vitro fertilization alone can claim. (Kessopoulou, et al, 1995)
Certain medicines may interact with Vitamin E. Consult with your physician or pharmacist to determine if any of your medications might interact with this supplement.
Kessopoulou E, Powers HJ, Sharma KK, Pearson MJ, Russell JM, Cooke ID, Barratt CL. A double-blind randomized placebo cross-over controlled trial using the antioxidant Vitamin E to treat reactive oxygen species associated male infertility. Jessop Hospital for Women, Sheffield, United Kingdom. Fertil Steril. 1995 Oct;64(4):825-31.