Sunday, August 27, 2006

vitamin E

Here's the other study I spoke about yesterday. Go figure?

We need vitamin E for healthy skin and to boost immunity. But taking too much of the vitamin may be dangerous, says doctors at Johns Hopkins. Researchers, led by epidermiologist Edgar R. Miller III, reviewed 19 studies and found that the risk of death increased by 5% when people took more than 400 IU of vitamin E daily.

Many Americans take 400 to 800 IU of E every day to prevent or treat heart disease, Alzhiemer's and other conditions. E is safe in low doses, so your best bet may be a multivitamin, which typically contains 30 to 60 IU of E. Most of us get another 10 to 15 IU from foods such as nuts, seeds, wheat gem and green leafy vegetables. R.D.


Vitamin E:
(cautions)
If you are taking an anticoagulant medication (blood thinner), do not take more that 1,200 international units of vitamin E daily. If you suffer from diabetes, rheumatic heart disease, or an overactive thyroid, do not take more than the recommended dose. If you have high blood pressure, start with a small amount, such as 200 international units daily, and increase slowly to the desired amount.

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