Health Benefits of Vitamin E

What is vitamin E?

This is a fat-soluble vitamin. It has antioxidant benefits and comes in several different forms with different levels of activity in our body.

Alpha-tocopherol is the most active form. As well, this vitamin comes in the natural and synthetic form. d-alpha tocopherol is the natural form and dl-alpha tocopherol is the synthetic form. The natural form is better absorbed and last longer in our body.

As an antioxidant, it is known to protect cell membranes, to prevent cholesterol from oxidizing and depositing on the blood vessels, to help with cell growth and to thin the blood.

In general it is unlikely you will deficient in this vitamin as your diet will provide more than enough of it.

What Vitamin E Is Used to Treat

Below is a summary only. See Vitamin E Benefits for detailed comments on each of the listed health benefits.
leaf Wound healing (in burn patients)
leaf Photo aging (Skin Damage) / Skin Conditions 
leaf Male Infertility
leaf Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
leaf Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
leaf Dysmenorrhea (Painful Menstruation)
leaf Dementia
leaf Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
leaf Menopause Symptoms 
leaf Parkinson's Disease (PD)
leaf Cancer of the Bladder, Pancrease and Colon
leaf Lung Cancer
leaf Acne
leaf Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
leaf Pre-eclampsia
leaf Antioxidant Benefits
leaf Hair Growth / Hair Loss
leaf Cold Sores
leaf Fibromyalgia
Helpful Diabetes
Helpful Allergies / Hay Fever
High Cholesterol - May not be Effective
Osteoarthritis (OA) - May not be Effective
Cardiovascular Disease - May not be Effective
Treatment of Scars - May not be Effective
Stroke Prevention - May not be Effective


Suggested Benefits and Traditional Uses

Facts and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does using vitamin E help with healing scar marks?

Unfortunately, the short answer is no. See Vitamin E Oil Scars to read about using the oil formulation for scar and scarring problems.

How do I know if I have a deficiency in vitamin E?

It is very rare to suffer from deficiency of this vitamin. The people most likely to be deficient are those suffering from health conditions such as absorption disorder and liver diseases.

What are some foods high in vitamin E?

There are many natural sources of this vitamin. Foods such as eggs, green vegetables, meat, olive oil, whole grains, nuts and fruits contain this essential vitamin.

Side Effects, Toxicity and Warnings

What are some side effects of taking this vitamin?

There are very few side effects from taking this vitamin. People have reported stomach complaints (nausea, vomiting and stomach ache), rash, headache, fatigue and blurred vision.

What can I expect if I take too much or overdose on vitamin E?

Very high dose of this vitamin might increase the risk of bleeding, particularly when you are also on prescription blood thinning medications. It is unlikely that you would overdose on this vitamin from eating large amounts of foods rich in vitamin E.

What are some long-term dangers of taking too much?

Taking more is not better with this essential vitamin. There are studies showing that too much of this vitamin might increase the number of deaths by a small amount. This is highly controversy and some experts point out that the study was not well-designed.

Dosage & How to Take It

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is 23 IU daily. A well-balanced diet gives you about 60 IU daily of vitamin E.

Dosage ranges from 200 to 400 IU daily is considered to be reasonable and safe to use.

Some experts expressed concern in using more than 400 IU daily of this essential vitamin.

1,500 IU daily is the tolerable upper limit (UL). Avoid taking more than 1,000 IU daily unless you are under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

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Revised: November 11, 2018