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How Much Vitamin E Should You Take Daily?


The RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) for Vitamin E intake for adults is 15 mg. For infants (0-6 months), 4 mg is recommended. For older infants (7-12 months), 5 mg is recommended. 6 mg is recommended for children ages 1-3 years. 7 mg is recommended for children ages 4-8 years. For children ages 9-13 years, 11 mg is recommended. For adolescents (14-18 years), 15 mg is recommended. 15 mg is also recommended for pregnant women. For women who are breastfeeding, 19 mg is recommended.

Vitamin E Benefits

Vitamin E can be found in olive oil, soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, spinach, carrots, and avocados. Natural vitamin E supplements contain 67 mg. Synthesized supplements generally contain 45 mg. Vitamin E supplements should be taken with food as the vitamin is unlikely to be absorbed by the body. Vitamin E is useful in preventing diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cataracts, an unresponsive immune system, and cancer. Vitamin E has also been proposed as being used for treatments for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and cancer.

Vitamin E Overdose

Doctors warn of overdosing on vitamin E supplements. Over supplementation of Vitamin E may lead individuals to possible impaired blood clotting, which leads to an increased risk of hemorrhage. Individuals who take vitamin E supplements along with anticoagulant drugs also increase the risk of unimpaired bleeding. Talk to a doctor before taking vitamin E supplements.



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