Recently, many people have questioned whether or not taking high doses of vitamin E is dangerous. This is due to a 2004 much-publicized meta-analysis from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, which concluded that high doses of vitamin E (more than 400 IU a day) taken long term may slightly increase the overall risk of dying.
Needless to say, the findings of this study was released November 10, 2004 on line in the Annals of Internal Medicine and appeared on the front page of USA Today and numerous other national media.
Indeed, such news about the almighty nutrient had the public at large questioning its safety. For years vitamin E has been a star among nutrients that many Americans took to protect their health.
However, according to the Council of Responsible Nutrition, they believe many of those headlines and the accompanying stories over-generalized the studies’ findings and were misleading. Click here to get all the details
What About Vitamin E Overdose Side Effects?
It is possible to consume too much vitamin E (very high doses) and experience side effects. Some side effects of a vitamin E overdose (high doses) include diarrhea, flatulence, bloating, weakness, headache, fatigue, and blurred vision.
Other possible side effects may also occur because our bodies are all unique. We recommend that you speak with your physician about any side effects that seem unusual.
Vitamin E Overdose_How Much is Too Much?
First, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin E is quite low, 15 mg to 20 International Units (IU) per day.
Many experts claim that vitamin E appears to be safe when consumed in amounts up to 1,000 IU. While the most commonly prescribed dosage of supplemental vitamin E for adults is approximately 300 to 800 IU per day, many researchers believe that 100 to 200 IU per day is sufficient and that any dosage in excess of this amount provides little additional value.
Personally, we avoid taking high doses of any nutrient for optimal health, even vitamin E. There are simply too many factors to consider. For example, taking very high doses of vitamin E, meaning more than 2,000 IU a day can interfere with the body’s absorption of vitamin A.
In short, we only take 100 IU’s a day in addition to what we get from food because we only use the natural form of vitamin E, which is considered to have a greater effect than the synthetic form. In addition, we take a vitamin E product that uses a broad spectrum Tocotrienol, which are members of the vitamin E family that significantly improves the potency of vitamin E.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and, as such, it’s important not to ingest high levels of it on a regular basis.
Taking 100 IU’s a day in addition to what we get from food removes the risk of overdosing when using multiple products also containing small amounts of vitamin E.
Lastly, according to the well-renowned tome titled Earl Mindell’s New Vitamin Bible written by Earl Mindell, R.PH., PH.D., with Hester Mundis who states:
“Taking large doses of alpha-tocopherol depletes plasma levels of gamma-tocopherol, which has the ability to protect against nitrogen-based free radicals. (Nitrogen free radicals are involved in diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease.”
In our opinion, it appears that it is healthier to take more than one natural form of vitamin E.
Indeed, there are times that isolated vitamins are used for therapeutic reasons. However, this should be done only in consultation with your physician to avoid possible vitamin E overdose and other potential dangers.
For more information on the health benefits of vitamin E and tips on how to select quality supplements, click here. Facts About Vitamin E.