Vitamin E is essential for beautiful skin and healthy hair. The side effects of vitamin E are very rare for most healthy people and most people do not experience any side effects when talking the recommended daily dose of it. But high dose of vitamin E may cause some serious condition and even higher dose of vitamin E may increase the chance of death. Following are the side effects of vitamin E.
If you are suffering from cardiovascular conditions, then use vitamin E cautiously. Vitamin E may increase the risk of death and heart failure. Consult with your doctor for your suitable daily dose of vitamin E.
Taking vitamin E for long periods of time may increase risk of hemorrhagic stroke. So it is advisable to take vitamin E cautiously.
Pregnancy and Breast-feeding
Vitamin E is possibly safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women when used in the recommended daily dose. But taking vitamin E supplement in early pregnancy may harm the fetus. Taking higher dose of vitamin E oral or topical or injected vitamin E is not recommended during pregnancy and breast-feeding. A combination of vitamin E and C may increase the risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy (gestational hypertension) and low birth-weight in infants. High dose of vitamin E during pregnancy may also increase the risk of congenital heart defects. So it is advisable to consult with your doctor before taking vitamin E.
Taking vitamin E or other antioxidant vitamins immediately before and following angioplasty (a heart procedure) is not advisable because it seems to interfere with proper healing. Do not take any health supplement without supervision of your doctor.
If you have retinitis Pigmentosa(an eye condition) then it is best to avoid vitamin E. vitamin E seems to speed vision loss in people with this condition.
Taking vitamin E may worsen bleeding disorders. Vitamin E supplements cause adverse effects including minor bleeding and epistaxis (nosebleed). If you have a bleeding disorder, then avoid taking vitamin E supplement.
Head and Neck Cancer
Vitamin E may increase the chance of head and neck cancer. Don’t take higher dose of vitamin E and consult your doctor before taking it for your suitable daily dose.
Vitamin E may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. People with prostate cancer should not take vitamin E supplements because it may worsen prostate cancer.
Vitamin E may increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking vitamin E at least 2 weeks before the surgery and consult with your doctor about it.
Vitamin K deficiency
If you are suffering from vitamin K deficiency then it is not advisable to have vitamin E. Taking vitamin E may worsen the clotting problem in vitamin K deficient people.
People with skin conditions should use vitamin E carefully. Taking vitamin E supplements may cause pruritus(itching) and application of vitamin E or vitamin E containing products may cause skin reactions such as contact dermatitis and eczema.
Vitamin E supplements associated with gonadal dysfunction and diminished kidney function, but it is rare. Still it is advisable to use vitamin E cautiously in patients with kidney impairment.
Taking vitamin E may increase the risk of falls and syncope (fainting) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive decline. So it is advisable to use vitamin E carefully in patient with Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive decline.
Vitamin E may rapidly increase the risk of tuberculosis in men who smoke heavily and take high dietary vitamin C intake. So people who smoke should take vitamin E cautiously.
High dose of vitamin E can also cause weakness, dizziness, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, blurred vision or flu like symptoms. If you are experiencing such side effects of vitamin E then immediately consult with your doctor.
Vitamin E supplements are generally considered safe when taking in recommended dose for short time. But taking vitamin E in long period of time may cause serious health conditions. So it is advisable to consult with your doctor before taking any health supplements. The recommended daily dose of vitamin E for infants up to 6 months is 4 mg per day, for infants up to 7 to 12 months is 5 mg per day, for children aged 1 to 3 yrs is 6 mg per day, for children aged 4 to 8 yrs is 7 mg per day, for children aged 9 to 13 yrs is 11 mg per day, for people aged 14 yrs or more is 15 mg per day, for pregnant women 15 mg per day and for breastfeeding mother 10 mg per day.