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ITP Blood Disorder – Should You Use Vitamin E If You Are Suffering From A Low Platelet Count

By Louis Cruz

Vitamin E has many properties. And it has been recommended as a blood thinner. Because of this, many are recommending to steer clear from vitamin E if you have a low platelet count. And it really sounds logical. You really do not want to use a blood thinner if you are already bleeding. But the whole story has not been told. Follow me in this article and let us uncover the truth about vitamin E and ITP Blood disorder.

Is it true or is it a myth

Vitamin E especially in the natural form of gamma tocopherol is a very potent antioxidant. It has many other properties which indicate its importance for the human body. And it is this antioxidant property that makes vitamin E so important for many diseases including thrombocytopenia due to ITP.

ITP blood disorder is characterized by a lot of inflammation and oxygen molecules called free radicals that damage the platelets. These free radicals destroy thousands of platelets in a short time. And since the body is not producing enough of these platelets in the first place, it can really decrease your platelet count.
Vitamin E being an antioxidant can provide great benefits in preventing platelets from decreasing.

I will give you two reasons that will explain why and when vitamin E is contraindicated.

Is vitamin E really contraindicated?
The answer depends on a few factors. These are the factors:
1) Are you taking a large amount of Vitamin E
2) Are your platelets under 40,000

How much vitamin E you should take

As mentioned in point number one, vitamin E works as an anticoagulant if taken in large doses. What is considered a large dose? Any amount over 100 IU but mainly over 400-800 IU should not be used by anyone who has a low platelet count. This is really too much.

So how about a dosage of 100 IU or less? Will this have an anticoagulant effect? Not really. So should vitamin E be taken in lower dosages for a person with ITP blood disorder? If yes, how much is a low dosage?
Well some studies have shown that 100 IU of vitamin E may actually increase or boost a low platelet count. In other words, these studies tend to indicate that if your platelets are not dangerously low but not really in the normal level, 100 IU of vitamin E can be one factor that can help you get to that normal range. If your platelets are over the 60,000 level you can probably benefit from 100 IU of E. If you are around the 90,000 you can reach your normal range a little faster. But remember that you should never go over the 100 IU recommended.

Taking a low dose of vitamin E can help increase your low platelet count and improve your ITP disorder. Do not expect this be the solution to your problems. You still need to eat healthy and live a better and healthier life style. And there are herbs that can even be more effective.
Remember also to consult a qualified health practitioner who has knowledge and experience using nutritional therapy before doing any changes to your lifestyle or taking any vitamins.

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Cruz, Louis "ITP Blood Disorder – Should You Use Vitamin E If You Are Suffering From A Low Platelet Count." ITP Blood Disorder – Should You Use Vitamin E If You Are Suffering From A Low Platelet Count. 2 Jul. 2010. 18 Jul 2014 <>.

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