Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is readily available in many foods. It acts as an antioxidant in the body and helps in protecting cells from damages from free radicals. Free radicals are harmful compounds that are formed when the body converts food to energy. You are exposed to free radicals from the environment as well, such as from air pollution, cigarette smoke and ultraviolet sun exposure.
The body requires an adequate amount of vitamin E in order to enhance immune system function so that it can ward off harmful bacteria and viruses. Vitamin E also helps in dilating blood vessels to prevent blood clotting. (Read more on: http://www.doctortipster.com/5063-the-beneficial-effects-of-vitamin-e.html)
Ataxia with vitamin E deficiency explained
Ataxia with vitamin E deficiency is a genetic disorder that causes your nervous system to degenerate. Ataxia attacks the ability to control your voluntary movements which can be treated. As long as it is caught early, people who suffer from ataxia with vitamin E deficiency can lead very close to normal lives. Since the ataxia is coupled with a vitamin E deficiency, a regular dose of vitamin E will help keep the symptoms at bay.
If the ataxia with vitamin E deficiency is left without any treatment, the symptoms of the disease could progress to the point that normal life will be difficult. One of the ways that ataxia with vitamin E deficiency can impact your life is your ability to speak. People that suffer from ataxia with vitamin E deficiency will have difficulties speaking. A loss in the ability to feel your arms and legs can also be an impact. Some people will loss part of their vision as well. There are some cases where people have had heart problems. It is very common for people who suffer from this to have mental difficulties. The ages that this is normally seen in are between four and eighteen years of age. If you are concerned about your child, you may want to look for these symptoms:
- Clumsiness in the hands
- Handwriting difficulties
- Overall reduced awareness of how your child's body is positioned
- The reflexes in your child's tendons will also suffer in the arms and the legs
It is important to remember that the severity and the type of symptoms are varied for this disease. It is also important to remember that this disease is rare. Many doctors speculate that it is more prevalent in people from African or Mediterranean ancestry. It is, however, genetic and could differ in severity of the disease.
Ataxia with vitamin E deficiency is treatable. Doctors will treat this disease with very high levels of vitamin E. It will be taken throughout the person's life. If taken before the symptoms begin because of genetic testing, vitamin E can keep you from contracting any of the symptoms at all. If the ataxia with vitamin E deficiency is diagnosed after the symptoms of progress, your child will not suffer anymore. Most of the symptoms can be reversed if caught soon enough. It is important to remember that, if your child develops problems walking, those problems have a very low likelihood to recover.
Smoking or being around smokers is something that people with this disorder should avoid. Cigarette smoke can reduce the amount of vitamin E that the body has. Jobs that rely on either good balance or quick reflexes should be ignored. When you are preparing your child to learn how to drive, you should have their doctor do a full physical to make sure that your child will be able to drive safely. It is important to remember that people who are treated early have relatively normal lives. People who do not, will be wheelchair-bound and may develop other problems.
Lack of vitamin E in our diet can also increase our risk of developing the following conditions:
- Heart diseases
- Mental function problems
- Eye disorders
Can vitamin E become harmful?
Vitamin E is not a harmful vitamin if consumed from organic foods. However, in supplement form an overdose can potentially cause bleeding due to the blood's reduced ability to form clots following an injury and also hemorrhagic stroke. (Read more: http://www.doctortipster.com/18699-dietary-supplements-can-harm-our-health.html)
If you are taking any prescription medicines, make sure you consult your doctor before taking any supplements.
- Ataxia with isolated vitamin E deficiency is caused by mutations in the tocopherols transfer protein http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v9/n2/abs/ng0295-141.html
- The occurrence and effects of human vitamin E deficiency http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC372361/
- Vitamin E remains the major lipid-soluble, chain-breaking antioxidant in human plasma even in individuals suffering severe vitamin E deficiency http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0003986187904899