The Hidden Agenda of Vitamin E & Stroke

“The sweetest things become the most bitter by excess.”
–Democritus

This is true for many essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E supplement which becomes very popular as a beautification ingredients in maintaining healthy skin and hair now a day. Youngsters take vitamin E tablets as it is considered very upmarket, without any prescriptions.

Vitamin E, being a fat-soluble nutrient, neutralizing potentially harmful free radicals in the body, became an icon, as the “antioxidant theory of disease” gained massive attention. Studies have yielded contradictory findings on the question if high doses of supplemental vitamin E prove to be the key to good health and act well in preventing cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s, as well as producing radiant skin, good eyesight and other benefits? Up to now, the answer seems to be no. But, it is evidenced that extra doses of supplemental Vitamin E can be the cause of Stroke. Regrettably, in excess of 111,000 people have a stroke every year and it stands as the main cause of disability and third biggest cause of death in today’s world.

The researchers have warned that Vitamin E increased the risk of hemorrhagic stroke by 22% compared to people not taking it. The reason lies behind is the role of Vitamin E as a blood thinner. It has been reported that Vitamin E softens the red blood cell and thus increase the blood flow in the body along with the brain. This mounted flow of blood then upsurges the risk for a rare type of stroke called hemorrhagic stroke where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain get bursts and cause brain damage.

Nonetheless, the same vitamin plays a significant role in reducing the risk of the most common type of stroke called ischemic stroke by 10% where a blood clot blocks the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.

Given the relatively small risk reduction of ischaemic stroke and increase the likelihood of hemorrhagic stroke, indiscriminate widespread use of Vitamin E should be forethought.

EU recommended a daily dose of Vitamin E which is 12mg and it is reckoned as safer if there is any deficiency. Growing scientific consensus is that having vitamin E supplement regularly without the shortfall, raise the potential risk of owning the negative effect instead.