Daily Dose of Vitamin E: 15mg
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is required for the proper function of many organs in the body. Antioxidants bind to free radicals, thus removing these dangerous particles, and vitamin E helps to slow down the processes that damage cells. Vitamin E is actually prescribed to people in hospitals with a vitamin E deficiency, a result of some rare diseases. The most widely known health benefit of Vitamin E is protection against toxins to get healthier skin. This is why many skin products such as lotions contain vitamin E. You will often find it in sunscreens and products that are made to soothe rashes. Other uses include using it as a blood thinner, as vitamin E reduces clumping in blood platelets, which means it can also be dangerous if used in conjunction with blood thinners. As with prescription blood thinners like Warfarin, vitamin E can help to prevent heart diseases and high blood pressure. Vitamin E is also sometimes used for reducing muscle damage after exercise, and improving muscle strength.
Vitamin E is also sometimes used as a treatment and prevention for chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer (particularly lung and oral cancer), and diseases of the brain and nerve system like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, along with other medications.
Dosing for Vitamin E can be confusing. Depending on your age, gender, condition or what you’d like to achieve, your doctor will recommend what the right dosage is for you. The usual dose for vitamin E as a dietary supplement for adults is 15mg orally once a day. This recommended dosage increases if you are pregnant, and decreases if you are on blood thinners. Another reason to be wary of vitamin D is that it is a fat-soluble vitamin so it is stored in the body. Unlike other substances that may pass through relatively quickly, vitamin E can stay in the body for a long time, stored in fat cells.
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