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Vitamin E Supplements

Foods with Vitamin E

What is Vitamin E?

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin. It is found in food and is available as a dietary supplement.

What are some of the benefits of Vitamin E?

Vitamin E is an integral part of our immune system. Additionally it is a well-known antioxidant. This means that it assists the body with curtailing the negative effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules which have unshared electrons that form a bond with oxygen resulting in a highly active reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS particles are postulated to be damaging to cells. Additionally, free radicals are present within the body and we are also exposed to them from our environment. The most damaging free radicals come from cigarette smoking, air pollution and UV radiation from the sun. Vitamin E stops the production of ROS.

What is the recommended amount of Vitamin E to take?

As with all supplements, the dose depends on age, gender and pregnancy/lactation state. Always read the label to ensure that you are taking the correct dose based on the formula you decide to use.

What are signs of Vitamin E deficiency?

This deficiency is rare in the normal healthy adult.

Do you need to take it with food?

No

Does Vitamin E interfere with the absorption of other nutrients or medicines?

It does not interfere with the absorption of other nutrients. It can interfere with the function of some medicines. Vitamin E can interfere with coumadin which is a blood thinner making you more likely to bleed. Vitamin E can interfere with simvastatin (a medicine to lower cholesterol) and niacin.

Are there other nutrients that interfere with the absorption of vitamin E?

No

Does it matter what time of day you take it?

No

What form of the vitamin is best?

Most supplements are made up of alpha-tocopherol which your body can efficiently use.

As I always recommend, it is better to ensure adequate intake of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients from your foods. Eating a variety of foods in their most natural form and processed minimally can improve your overall health.

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