Vitamin_E_121809 - The Bronx High School of Science
Transcript Vitamin_E_121809 - The Bronx High School of Science
principally in certain
plant oils and leaves of
Consists of eight
chemical forms but
Functions in the Body
• Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and anti-carcinogen as well as
• Due to its antioxidant capabilities Vitamin E protects our body
carbon, lead, mercury, tetrachloride, the ozone, nitrous oxide and other
Helps skin and scar tissue heal.
Prevention of cancer.
Assists in the maintenance of vitamins A and C in the body.
Enhances antibody formation and benefits people suffering from a
cold or other viruses.
• Essential for cardiovascular health and for sex organ functioning.
• Maintains the integrity of cell membranes.
• Generally seen in:
individuals with genetic abnormalities
those who cannot digest fat
• Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms in Infants
Loss of weight and delayed growth
Poor feeding habits
Developmental problems that includes physical and
Eye disease thought to be caused by disorganized
growth of retinal blood vessels
result in scarring and retinal detachment.
May lead to blindness in serious cases.
• Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms in Children
o Spinocerebellar ataxia with loss of deep tendon reflexes
o Truncal and limb ataxia
o Loss of vibration and position senses
Paralysis or weakness of one or more of the muscles that
control eye movement
o Muscle weakness
abnormally low position (drooping) of the upper eyelid.
difficulty in articulation of words due to neurologic
disturbances of function of orofacial muscles, tongue, lips, and
o Slow growth in children
• Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms in Adults
Mild hemolytic anemia
Abnormal breakdown of RBC’s
o Nonspecific neurological deficits
o Disorders related to reproduction and infertility
o Fragile red blood cells
o Age spots
clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye
or in its envelope, varying in degree from slight to
complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light.
o Certain Neurological damage
o Decrease in sex drive
o Muscle, liver, bone marrow and brain function
• Take relatively large amounts for months
to years without any apparent harm.
• Occasionally, muscle weakness, fatigue,
nausea, diarrhea and bleeding.
• May increase the risk of hemorrhagic
stroke and premature death.
o accumulation of blood anywhere within
the skull vault.
• Particularly high levels of vitamin E can be
found in the following foods
Nuts (almonds or hazelnuts)
Green Leafy Vegetables (spinach)
• One quarter of whites and
Hispanics, nearly one-half of
African-Americans, and onethird of other ethnic groups
have Vitamin E levels which
place them at greater risk of
• Three national and the
Continuing Survey of Food
Intakes by Individuals have
found that the diets of most
Americans provide less than
the RDA levels of vitamin E.
• Because the digestive tract
requires fat to absorb vitamin
E, people with fatmalabsorption disorders are
more likely to become
The following populations may be at risk for vitamin E
• People with Crohn’s disease, Cystic Fibrosis,
Celiac Disease , pancreatic enzyme deficiency, and
• Very low birth weight infants—These infants are
usually under the care of a neonatologist, who will
evaluate and treat the premature infant's exact
• People who suffer from abetalipoproteinemia—This
is a rare inherited disorder of fat metabolism that
results in poor absorption of dietary fat and vitamin
• Patients on Dialysis ,chronic parenteral nutrition
and patients after Gastric Bypass surgery