I can't understand why my physician insists that I take vitamin E on a daily basis. Why is this vitamin so important for people with cystic fibrosis?
Vitamin E is liposoluble, meaning the intestines can only absorb it in the presence of dietary fat. In cystic fibrosis, the deficiency of pancreatic enzymes leads to malabsorption of dietary fat, among other things. Pancreatic enzymes in capsule form only partially compensate for this malabsorption, and the vitamin E naturally found in food is insufficient. To achieve normal blood levels, it is necessary to add vitamin E supplements to your diet.
Vitamin E has many qualities, including antioxidant properties, which are among the most significant. This vitamin can neutralize oxidants (unstable substances) likely to cause inflammation. We all know how harmful and destructive inflammation is in cystic fibrosis, especially in the lungs. Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly certain that vitamin E has a positive effect on nerve and muscle cell function, red blood cells and coagulation (blood clotting).