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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.

Vitamin E 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)*
0-1** Not applicable Up to 6 months: 4 mg/6 IU 6-12 months: 5mg/7.5 IU Not possible
to establish
1-3 Not applicable 6 mg/9 IU 200 mg/300 IU
4-8 33 mg/50 IU 7 mg/10.5 IU 300 mg/450 IU
9-13 67 mg/100 IU 11 mg/16.5 IU 600 mg/900 IU
14-18 100 mg/150 IU 15 mg/22.5 IU 800 mg/1,200 IU
19+ 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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