Vitamin E , Alpha-Tocopherol
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, which like all others, protects the tissues in the body from damage by scavenging for substances called free radicals. Free radicals are loose electron particles that cause destruction. They have been directly linked with disease and inflammation.
Vitamin E helps both the immune system fight infection and in the formation of red blood cells. It also assists the body utilize vitamin K and helps prevent blood from clotting in arteries by widening them. Vitamin E is critical for many cellular functions.
Reasons to Take Vitamin E
• When you have a deficiency: suspected deficiency is evidenced by any number of symptoms including muscle weakness, imbalance, abnormal gait, peripheral neuropathy, retinal disease, poorly reactive immune system, and red blood cell destruction.
• When you have spinocerebellar ataxia, as it causes Vitamin E deficiency
• To prevent disease of the heart and blood vessels
• To treat complications of diabetes
• To help prevent certain types of cancer
• To help prevent central nervous system diseases, such as dementia, Parkinson's and Huntington's chorea
• To prevent complications in pregnancy
• To prevent other unlisted diseases
• To prevent signs of aging and scarring when applied directly to the skin
Recommended Daily Allowance
Dosing for Vitamin E can be confusing as the supplements are sold in IU or international units. Guidelines, however, refer to the RDA and the UTL or upper tolerable limits. The dosing below are daily recommended intakes.
Infants: (adequate intake of vitamin E)
0-6 months: 6IU
7-12 months: 7.5IU
1-3 years: 9IU
4-8 years: 10.4IU
9-13 years: 16.4IU
Adolescents and Adults
14 and older: 22.4IU
Prior to the initiation of a supplement, especially in children, it is advised to discuss dosing with your healthcare provider.
What If I Take Too Much?
It is felt that at recommended doses, Vitamin E, either taken orally or applied to the skin, is safe.
Higher doses can cause diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, weakness, fatigue, headaches, blurred vision, rash, bruising, and bleeding.
In these high doses, the data on Vitamin E is not certain. We know that diabetic and cardiac patients can benefit from antioxidants, yet the dose is unclear.
Any person with a bleeding disorder, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer should discuss the supplement with his or her medical provider to reduce dangerous outcomes, such as the possibility of hemorrhagic stroke.
Who Is at Risk for Deficiency?
People at risk for Vitamin E deficiency are those who have:
• Inadequate intake
• Genetic protein deficiency
• Malabsorption of fats due to gut disease
• Chronic liver/bile duct disease
• Chronic pancreatic inflammation
• Cystic fibrosis
• Premature birth
Natural Food Sources of Vitamin E
Formula for full term neonates is adequately fortified. Wheat germ is the richest source.
Vegetables: dark green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and broccoli, yams, asparagus, and cold pressed vegetable oils
Grains: fortified cereals
Nuts: almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and filberts
Fruits: fortified fruit juices and avocado
Meats: liver and eggs
Best Ways to Take This Supplement
Vitamin E is readily available in many forms as IU, but the natural vitamin E, d-alpha-tocopherol, or natural mixed tocopherols are most like dietary vitamin E. Vitamin E is available in soft-gels, tablets, capsules, and topical oils.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact your medical provider. Filtur is happy to help with any of your supplement needs.On Filtur you can price compare hair, skin and nail supplements.