Vitamin E

Vitamin E

Vitamin E

Formal Name: Tocopherol
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) 4 - 5 mg/day
  • Children: (1 to 13 Years) 6 - 11 mg/day
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) 15 mg/day
  • Adults: (19 and older) 15 mg/day
  • Lactating Women: 19 mg/day
  • Pregnant Women: 15 mg/day

Notes: When converting from micrograms (mcg) to International Units (IU) multiply the number of mcg by approximately 1.50.

Additional Information

Vitamin E is a naturally occurring vitamin that is found in various chemical forms within the body. It is fat soluble and can also be found in certain foods and dietary supplements. It rather heat resistant but is subject to destruction by iron compounds, synthetic estrogen and chlorinated water. This vitamin is found in all types of tissues and is well known as a natural antioxidant.

Bodily Functions Performed by Vitamin E

Vitamin E is essential in a couple of physiological processes. It allows blood capillaries to dilate and also helps regulate the formation of blood clots and scar tissue. Intracellular functioning is partially dependent on the presence of vitamin E. It prevents various fatty acids, vitamins and hormones from being eliminated by oxygen exposure and is therefore essential in maintaining a healthy reproductive system. The topical use of this vitamin is known to improve the appearance and texture of skin as well as improve the skin's moisture balance.

Symptoms Of Deficiency:
  • Negative changes to blood capillaries
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Sudden abortion
  • Sterility
  • Muscular weakness and disorders
Foods High In Vitamin E

The richest sources of Vitamin E include safflower, soya bean oils, sunflower seeds and wheat germ. This vitamin can also be found in eggs, corn, olive, asparagus, butter, and whole wheat grains. Additionally, leafy vegetables, fruits and meats contain vitamin E but only in small amounts.

Ailments That Vitamin E Eliminates:
  • Reduces damage caused by free radicals
  • Aids in the treatment of skin disorders
  • Protects against cardiovascular disease risk
  • Reduces age-related cognitive decline
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions

Vitamin E's upper intake level limit is 1,000 mg per day. Identified symptoms of excess Vitamin E include muscle weakness, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue and dizziness. Prolonged use of high doses increase the chance and severity of adverse side effects.