I was wondering about these two products: Vitamin E Factor 400/400 and the other is Maxi-Gamma E.
I am probably not understanding this correctly which is why I am emailing, but they seem to both be vitamin e. Is that correct? If so why take both? I would be taking too much vitamin e if I take both. If I am not correct could you explain the difference.
Yes both are vitamin E products. But, vitamin E is not one thing; vitamin E is actually a family of eight different but related fat-soluble compounds that exist in diverse forms, all widely found in the plant kingdom. There are two basic groups of vitamin E, the tocopherol family and the tocotrienol family; each of these two forms has four subdivisions called alpha, beta, delta and gamma, for a total of eight variations or forms of vitamin E. Different forms of vitamin E are found in different parts of a plant; the green parts of a plant contain mostly alpha tocopherol and the seed germ and bran contain mostly tocotrienols.
The product Vitamin E Factor 400/400 is very unique in the world of nutrition because it contains a large amount of all eight members of the entire vitamin E family for broad based support of this important vitamin group.
The product Maxi-Gamma E is also unique because it primarily contains gamma tocopherol, the one member of the vitamin E family that is most responsible for soft tissue healing hence its importance to Peyronie's disease treatment.
PDI makes both of these products available – and most men who follow a successful PDI Peyronies treatment plan will use both products typically taking one of these in the AM and the other in the PM.
Why do you think that taking both would be too much? Overdosing with vitamin E occurs at a relatively low dose only when synthetic vitamin E is taken. PDI only supplies natural forms of vitamin E that are organic. Please see this article Peyronie's Disease Treatment and Vitamin E for a discussion about the silly vitamin E scare that is going around simply because people do not understand the story behind vitamin E. You will understand the background of how poor research and bias maligns even a naturally occurring vitamin that is essential for health.
Unfortunately most vitamin E supplements contain only alpha-tocopherol. This information should make it all the more obvious why a Peyronies disease victim needs to carefully choose supplements that contain the complete vitamin E family of tocopherols plus tocotrienols and any that are especially rich in gamma-tocopherol. Like all families, each member has certain strengths and abilities, requiring a variety of workers to support the necessary tissue changes needed to improve the health and resistance of tissue damaged in PD. Here is a list of the eight forms of vitamin E:
Each of the two forms has its own area of use or activity in the body. The tocopherol forms function as strong antioxidants, with the alpha form being the most active of the four subdivisions. Vitamin E, like all antioxidants, protect at the cellular level against the effects of potentially damaging by-products of metabolism, called free radicals. A free radical is a molecule that has been involved in a chemical process in the body, and in so doing becomes unstable when it loses an electron. Free radicals can cause cell damage by attracting electrons from stable molecules in other areas in the body, thus making additional cells also unstable.
Unless they are connected to an antioxidant, highly unstable free radicals attack the polyunsaturated fatty acids of cell membranes in a chain reaction. This process of losing and gaining electrons might contribute to the development of heart disease, cancer; Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, premature aging and cataracts and even excess scar formation.
Peyronie's and vitamin E connection
The tocotrienol form of vitamin E has shown superior action in maintaining arterial health because of its ability to reduce plaque and fibrous tissue infiltration in damaged arterial walls. This same ability is suspected to result in reduction of scar and fibrous tissue buildup in other parts of the body.
Vitamin E has 75% worldwide approval as a first-line treatment of Peyronie's disease, yet its effectiveness has not been proven to scientific standards. It is the most popular of the alternative treatments used. Vitamin E is perhaps the most researched and tested of the alternative methods for treatment of PD, and yet it has not been researched or tested very much. It has been heavily researched and tested for other health conditions that have the same or similar scar and fibrous tissue formation, and it has proven its effectiveness. Use of vitamin E is based not only on the positive results it gets with Peyronie's disease, but also the positive results scored against other health conditions similar to it.
Maybe your family doctor or local urologist doesn’t recommend using vitamin E for PD, but you can now see there is a lot of science backing up this idea, and there are thousands of doctors from around the world who use it successfully. You are now aware of some of the reasons it is used as a first-line of treatment against Peyronie's disease. If you were going to use only one therapy to improve the health of your tissue and increase your chance of repairing some of the damage of PD, vitamin E should be considered as that one thing.
Using vitamin E – and therefore vitamin C – is the perhaps the most commonly recommended conservative method to assist the healing of the PD scar in traditional medical practice, as well as alternative medical practice.
I hope this information helps you understand the role of vitamin E in Peyronie's disease treatment. TRH