Vitamin E

to the blood vessels. It also protects the other fat-soluble vitamins from oxidation, and aids in the body's use of vitamin A. Deficiency of vitamin E results in damage of red blood cells, and destruction of nerves. Signs of deficiency can include infertility, menstrual problems, shortened red blood cell life span, and an increased risk or heart disease and cancer.

 

Complimentary Nutrients:

Selenium, magnesium, manganese, A, B complex, B1, inositol, C, and F. The body needs zinc in order to maintain the proper level of vitamin E in the blood.

 

Antagonists:

Rancid fats and oils, chlorine,  mineral oil, air pollution, and birth control pills.

 

If you need to take iron supplement - I rarely recommend iron supplementation - take the iron and vitamin E at different times, 8-12 hours apart. Also make sure that you avoid ferrous sulfate as the iron supplement because it will destroy vitamin E. Organic forms of iron such as ferrous gluconate, ferrous fumarate, or ferrous peptonate leaves vitamin E intact

 

Health Benefits:

Aging retardation, anti-clotting factor, blood vessels, heart, lungs, nerves, pituitary gland, anti-oxidant, blood cholesterol reduction, skin, lung protection from pollution, blood flow to heart, capillary wall strengthening, diuretic, fertility, male potency, and muscle and nerve maintenance.

 

Therapeutic Uses:

Varicose veins, atherosclerosis, baldness, menstrual problems, menopause, high cholesterol, myopia, phlebitis, crossed eyes, cystitis, diabetes, heart disease, allergies, arthritis, scars, warts, migraine headaches, thrombosis, burns, wrinkles, and wounds.

 

Vitamin Therapies should be done with the supervision of a qualified health care professional. In the panel on the left, under ailments you can find more information about treatments for some of these conditions. You can also locate therapeutic information on this site by using the search engine below and entering words relating to the ailment you are interested in.

 

Deficiency Indicators:

Impotency, miscarriages, dry, dull or falling hair, muscular wasting, gastrointestinal disease, heart disease, sterility, and enlarged prostate gland.

 

Dosage:

RDA

Optimal Health

Therapeutic Amounts

100 IU

800 IU

1000-1600 IU

 

RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) are dosages developed by the FDA. These amounts are designed to prevent deficiency symptoms. For optimal health it is necessary to take a larger dose. The optimal health amounts are for adults and children weighing over 100 lbs. Children under the age of six should be given nutritional formulas designed specifically for young children. The therapeutic amounts to treat special conditions are usually much higher, and should not be taken without the supervision of a qualified health care professional.

 

Be careful not to overdose on Vitamin E because it can become toxic. Unlike  water soluble vitamins, where the body excretes excessive amounts, Vitamin E - a oil soluble vitamin, can accumulate in the body to toxic levels.

 

Toxicity Symptoms: elevated blood pressure when starting with high doses.

 

Sources:

Vitamin E is found in the following foods: cold-pressed vegetable oils, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, brown rice, eggs, kelp, oatmeal, soybeans, sweet potatoes, watercress, desiccated liver, butter, fruits, organ meats, and. wheatgerm. Here are some examples. 

 

Food

Amount

MG

safflower/corn oils

1 tbsp.

14

almonds

1 cup

21

cooked brown rice

3/4 cup

2 1/2

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