vitamin E

Vitamin E protects health; is safe even in large amounts

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by: Sherry Baker, Health Sciences Editor
Tags: vitamin E, antioxidants, safety

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Whooping cough outbreak at Massachusetts high school affected only vaccinated students
Inuit Elders tell NASA Earth Axis Shifted
Vaccine flu shots still contain 25 micrograms mercury - 100 times the concentration of 'mercury-loaded' fish
Measles outbreak likely caused by vaccinated children, science shows
Baby formula is loaded with GMOs - Avoid these brands
Extreme trauma from male circumcision causes damage to areas of brain
Terminal stage IV lung cancer patient miraculously cured by cannabis oil
Costco stops selling antibiotic laden chicken in response to consumer demand
FDA cracks down Walmart, GNC, other companies selling supplements that do not contain the herbs on the label
McDonald's french fries found to contain Silly Putty ingredient and petroleum chemical

(NaturalNews) Doctors have warned over the years that taking extra vitamin E could pose health risks. But is this based on facts? According to a new review of numerous studies of vitamin E just published in the Journal of Lipid Research, the human body has biological mechanisms that simply eliminate excess levels of the vitamin - and that makes it almost impossible to take a harmful amount.

"Taking too much vitamin E is not the real concern," Maret Traber, an internationally recognized expert on this micronutrient and professor in the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Public Health and Human Sciences, said in a media statement. "A much more important issue is that more than 90 percent of people in the U.S. have inadequate levels of vitamin E in their diet."

Traber added that no level of vitamin E in the diet or from any normal use of supplements should be cause for concern. "I believe that past studies which have alleged adverse consequences from vitamin E have misinterpreted the data," she said.

So why take vitamin E at all? Traber notes in her review that it is an antioxidant and is a vitally important nutrient needed for proper function of many organs, nerves and muscles. Although found in oils, meat and some other foods, it is often consumed at inadequate dietary levels, especially when people follow low-fat diets.

Why vitamin E is safe, and why you need it

In the new review of how vitamin E is metabolized, Traber and her research colleagues found that two major systems in the liver control the level of vitamin E in the body and routinely excrete excessive amounts. "Toxic levels of vitamin E in the body simply do not occur," Traber said. "Unlike some other fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A and D, it's not possible for toxic levels of vitamin E to accumulate in the liver or other tissues."

Vitamin E is known to be an anticoagulant that can reduce blood clotting so mainstream medicine has often assumed it could result in worrisome and even dangerous bleeding. But Traber's review reveals that no research has found this poses a health risk.

However, vitamin E has been shown to perform many roles in optimizing health. For example, it protects polyunsaturated fatty acids from oxidizing (and may help protect other essential fats in the body) and has been studied for possible help in preventing or treating many degenerative diseases. Traber noted that higher than normal intake of vitamin E may be needed for some people who have certain health problems. In addition, smoking has also been shown to deplete vitamin E levels.

NaturalNews has previously reported that University of Illinois researchers have demonstrated how the antioxidant properties of vitamin E put a damper on the cause of ongoing inflammation in muscles. In addition, University of Florida scientist Colleen Le Prell, Ph.D., has conducted studies indicating vitamin E can help protect against noise-induced and perhaps even age-related hearing loss in humans.

Sources for this article include:

About the author:
Sherry Baker is a widely published writer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Health, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Yoga Journal, Optometry, Atlanta, Arthritis Today, Natural Healing Newsletter, OMNI, UCLA''''s "Healthy Years" newsletter, Mount Sinai School of Medicine''''s "Focus on Health Aging" newsletter, the Cleveland Clinic''''s "Men''''s Health Advisor" newsletter and many others.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.