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Is Excessive Vitamin E Intake a Health Concern?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published in the Journal of Lipid Research concluded that biological mechanisms exist to routinely eliminate excessive levels of vitamin E in the body that make it almost impossible to take a harmful amount.  An expert from the linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University says no level of vitamin E in the diet of from any normal us of supplementation should be a concern and another international expert said ” I believe that past studies which have alleged adverse consequences from vitamin E have misinterpreted the data.” Taking too much vitamin  E is not the real concern.” “A much more important issue is that more than 90% or people in the united /States have inadequate levels of vitamin E in their diets.” In their review of how vitamin E is metabolized the researchers found that two major systems in the liver work to control the level of vitamin E in the body and routinely excrete excessive amounts. Very high levels of vitamin E supplements will double the tissue levels which are not harmful according to the article. The researcher said “Toxic levels of vitamin E in the body simply do not occur. Unlike some other fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A and D, it’s not possible for toxic levels of vitamin E to accumulate in the liver and other tissues.”

Vitamin E found in oils, meat and some other fo0ds  is often consumed in inadequate dietary levels and is an antioxidant needed for proper functioning of many organs, nerves, and muscles. and can reduce blood clotting.  Other roles include protecting polyunsaturated fatty acids from oxidizing,  may help protect other essential lipids, and may have value in many degenerative diseases.

(It is of interest that I used high doses of vitamin E as part of my treatment regime for lung cancer 38 years ago to help reduce the toxic effects of therapeutic does of vitamin A and was a concern to me at the time because both were fat soluble vitamins.)

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