Vitamin E: Controversy....Large Doses?
- Is a powerful antioxidant that prevents oxidation of Lipids(fats). Fat oxidation has been implicated in the process that leads to atherosclerosis.
- Fat Soluble and since cell membranes are composed of lipids. It effectively prevents the cells’ protective coating from becoming rancid as a result of free radicals.
- Protects other fat-soluble vitamins from destruction by oxygen and aids in utilization of Vitamin A.
- Improves oxygen utilization, enhances immune response, prevents cataracts and may reduce risk of coronary artery disease.
- Natural Form is called d-alpha-tocopherol and is superior to synthetic version dl-alpha-tocopherol.
- Zinc is needed to maintain normal blood concentrations of Vitamin E.
- Selenium enhances vitamin E update and these two nutrients work together in the body.
- Deficiency may result in damage to red blood cells and destruction of nerves. Signs include infertility in men and women, menstrual problems and neuromuscular impairment.
- Natural sources include: nuts, soybeans, spinach, sunflower seeds, asparagus and sweet potatoes.
Caution: If you are taking anticoagulant medication (blood thinner) do not take more than 200 IU of Vitamin E daily. If you suffer from diabetes, rheumatic heart disease or overactive thyroid do not take more than recommended daily dose.
Doses, RDAs, and Maximum Upper Intake levels†
|Age in Years
||Our Recommended Daily Dosage in Milligrams (mg) and International Units (IU)
||Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) in Milligrams (mg) and International Units (IU)*
||Maximum Daily Upper Level (UL) in Milligrams (mg) and International Units (IU)*
||Up to 6 months: 4 mg/6 IU 6-12 months: 5mg/7.5 IU
||6 mg/9 IU
||200 mg/300 IU
||33 mg/50 IU
||7 mg/10.5 IU
||300 mg/450 IU
||67 mg/100 IU
||11 mg/16.5 IU
||600 mg/900 IU
||100 mg/150 IU
||15 mg/22.5 IU
||800 mg/1,200 IU
||133 mg/200 IU
||15 mg/22.5 IU
||1,000 mg/1,500 IU
* There is no gender difference for these recommendations, although breastfeeding women have a slightly higher recommended daily allowance (RDA) at 28.5 IU.
** An adeqate intake, or AI, is used for infants less than 12 months old instead of a recommended daily allowance (RDA).
† Perscription for Nutritional Healing. 4th ed.. Phyllis A. Balch, CNC. Penguin Books Ltd. 2006
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