At our IV therapy Toronto practice, vitamin E may be one of the essential vitamins offered as a key ingredient. Why is that?
Well, this vitamin could offer beneficial effects due to its ability to fight free radicals. “Because vitamin E acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body, studies have shown that supplementing with high doses of it can reduce markers of oxidative stress and boost antioxidant defenses in some populations,” confirms Healthline.
From contributing to improved brain function to helping lower the risk for heart disease, this is truly a versatile vitamin. Below, the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre highlights the advantages of this supplement and how to take it for your wellness.
Beneficial effects of vitamin E supplementation
- Might lessen the risk for cognitive dysfunction: Did you know that about 10 million people annually are diagnosed with dementia? Vitamin E has been shown to impact cognition though. In a longitudinal study from 1993 to 2000, biracial participants between the ages of 65-102 were shown to experience less cognitive decline due to vitamin E-rich foods and supplements.
- Could potentially help manage pain in menstrual periods: Intriguing results were noted in a 2021 study on women with endometriosis: “The intake of vitamin C and vitamin E supplements effectively reduced dysmenorrhea severity and improved dyspareunia and severity of pelvic pain,” an article from Pain Research and Management concluded.
- May aid in preventing heart disease: Vitamin E is comprised of eight isoforms; one of these is α-tocopherol, which is commonly given to the human body as a supplement. According to Oregon State University, in two observational studies on adult men and women, “individuals who consumed more than 7 mg/day of dietary α-tocopherol were 35% less likely to die from heart disease than those who consumed less than 3-5 mg/day of α-tocopherol.”
- Could reduce the risk of AMD when combined with other vitamins and minerals: As per a U.S. government-funded study called the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), a combination of ingredients could offer a synergistic effect on eye health, especially in baby boomers and the elderly. The study noted that “…supplementation with vitamins C and E, β-carotene, zinc, and copper at levels well above the recommended daily allowances reduced the risk of developing advanced AMD by about 25%.”
How to boost vitamin E intake
When combined with a healthy lifestyle, diet, and functional medicine programs, this supplement might help encourage optimal functioning. So here are a few ways to increase your intake:
- Diet: There are plenty of foods that naturally contain vitamin E: almonds, peanuts, red bell peppers, mango, avocado, spinach, and sunflower seeds. Overall, the vitamin can be found in a plethora of fruits, green vegetables, seeds, as well as oils (plant-based).
- Oral route: Capsules are convenient and accessible. Take note though that “… the doses of natural vitamin E and vitamin E that have been made in the lab are calculated differently,” explains WebMD. Thus, we advise consulting with a functional medicine provider for suggestions on supplements to purchase.
- Intravenous infusion therapy: This delivery method could also naturally increase cellular function and energy levels. Known as IV therapy or IV nutrient therapy, it works by automatically bypassing the digestive tract; this is because the nutrient (i.e. vitamin E) enters the bloodstream through your vein and heightens your absorption rate. In turn, you could avoid some unwanted side effects that might result from oral supplements (i.e. upset stomach, nausea). IV treatments are suitable for patients who suffer from dysphagia (fear of swallowing pills) or malabsorption from a health condition.
Quick Reminder: Please see a functional medicine provider (i.e. medical doctor, registered nurse, or naturopathic doctor) prior to taking any Vitamin E supplements. This is because it may interact with: chemotherapy, anticoagulants, vitamin K supplements, status and drugs that impact CYP3A4 substrates.
Are you considering IV therapy drips for yourself? If so, please call us with your inquiries – our practitioners have experience with addressing numerous health concerns related to: nutritional deficiencies, cellular damage, chronic illness, tissue repair/athletic recovery, weight management, adrenal function, blood sugar levels, mental performance, post-disease symptoms, DNA damage, thyroid conditions, lack of energy, autoimmune conditions and degenerative disease.
Along with a nutritious diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle, IV nutrient therapy may deliver nourishing benefits. Take your next steps towards optimal health and become a new patient at our clinic.
Addressing health needs for the whole family
The Toronto Functional Medicine Centre emphasizes integrative and functional medicine for all ages. Our patient-centered care inspires patients to take hold of their own health through dietary and lifestyle changes, supplements, and other treatment modalities. Treatments may consist of intravenous therapy, acupuncture, functional medicine programs, naturopathy, allopathic medicine, herbal medicine, and/or other modalities.
Our functional medicine providers and our standards of practice adhere to the belief that no two patients are alike. With that, we view each patient as a unique entity with distinct symptoms and individualized symptom relief. Our roster of IV treatments come in an array of beneficial ingredients to accommodate different conditions. Intravenous drips can contain high-dose vitamin C, folic acid, a medley of amino acids, glutamic acid, major minerals, major antioxidants, mistletoe, and/or other safe ingredients.
How can we help promote optimal functioning in your body? Reserve your initial consultation and let’s talk about your health goals. Call (416) 968-6961 for a free 15-minute DISCOVERY SESSION on IV therapy in Toronto.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting a doctor. Consult with a health care practitioner before relying on any information in this article or on this website.
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