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.
|Below is a summary only. See Vitamin E Benefits for detailed comments on each of the listed health benefits.|
|Wound healing (in burn patients)|
|Photo aging (Skin Damage) / Skin Conditions|
|Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)|
|Alzheimer's Disease (AD)|
|Dysmenorrhea (Painful Menstruation)|
|Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)|
|Parkinson's Disease (PD)|
|Cancer of the Bladder, Pancrease and Colon|
|Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)|
|Hair Growth / Hair Loss|
|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|
Unfortunately, the short answer is no. See Vitamin E Oil Scars to read about using the oil formulation for scar and scarring problems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.