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What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a fat -soluble vitamin mainly obtained from plant sources, such as unrefined vegetable oils, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, as well as from liver and eggs. Since many of the best dietary sources of vitamin E are foods associated with a high fat content, individuals on low fat diets are recommended to obtain their vitamin E requirement via dietary supplements. Vitamin E (natural or synthetic) can occur in different chemical forms (principally alpha-, beta-, delta- and gamma tocopherols), which have different biological activity; the most effective form of vitamin E utilized by the human body is d-alpha-tocopherol.
What does Vitamin E do?
The major function of vitamin E is as an antioxidant. It is the major lipid soluble antioxidant stabilizing cell membranes, protecting membrane polyunsaturated fatty acid components from attack by damaging free radicals. Free radicals are harmful molecules generated as unwanted by-products of normal metabolism within the body, as well as following exposure to environmental chemical pollutants. In addition to its role in cell membrane repair, vitamin E helps to maintain a healthy cardiovascular function, by protecting LDL cholesterol against oxidative damage, promoting normal blood clotting/platelet aggregation and healthy blood pressure. Vitamin E also promotes normal wound healing. Vitamin E is used as an additive in foods with a high content of fat or oils, to prevent oxidation and rancidity.
How much Vitamin E should you take?
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA, National Research Council of the USA for vitamin E is 10mg/day, equivalent to 15 International Units (IU) of vitamin E activity. However the RDA above equates to the minimum intake required to prevent deficiency. In terms of optimum intake of vitamin E, the European Federation of Health Product Manufacturers recommends a daily intake of 900 IU/day. Levels of vitamin E are reduced by smoking and drinking alcohol, and decline with age. Diets containing a high proportion of fish oils or polyunsaturated fatty acids may result in deficient vitamin E absorption.
Are there adverse effects from taking Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is generally well tolerated, but may rarely cause gastrointestinal disturbance or headaches. Vitamin E has a low toxicity, and supplementation with vitamin E in clinical trials has an excellent safety record; a dose of 1000 IU/day is considered to be completely safe and without side effects. Patients taking anticoagulants or with vitamin K deficiency may have increased risk of bleeding with high doses of vitamin E.About Pharma-Nord Bio-E-VitaminBio-E-Vitamin is produced under Danish pharmaceutical control. It comes in two sizes and the vitamin E is d-alpha-tocopherol, the most effective form of vitamin E utilized by the human body.Vitamin E 350mg (525 IU) . Pharma-Nord recommends1-2 capsules daily (525-1050 IU/day).