Vitamin E

What it does in the body

  • Vitamin E is in the body’s front line of defenses against disease. It is the primary fat-soluble antioxidant in the body, protecting it from heavy metals such as lead and mercury, while also protecting the body during times of stress and chronic illness.
  • In adults, signs of vitamin E deficiency include muscle weakness, nerve damage, coordination issues, involuntary eye movements and anemia.
  • Vitamin E has been shown to protect the body from heart disease, cancer and strokes, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, MS, Parkinson’s and menopause.1
  • Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, March 23, 2005. Vitamin E: Safe, Effective, and Heart-Healthy.

Food Sources

  • Vitamin E can be found in polyunsaturated vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, whole grains, green, leafy vegetables, tomatoes, asparagus, avocados and berries.2

Recommended Dietary Allowance

  • The minimal daily recommendations for vitamin E range from 11 mg to 19 mg.3  The RDA is 15mg (22 IU).

Orthomolecular Dosage Range: Very much higher than RDA levels.

  • 200 IU E (as natural mixed tocopherols) Orthomolecular physicians may recommend many hundreds of IU/day in some circumstances.

Saul AW. Vitamin E: A cure in search of recognition. J Orthomolecular Med, 2003. Vol 18, No 3 and 4, p 205-212.

“As early as 1931, Philip Vogt-Moller of Denmark successfully treated habitual abortion in human females with vitamin E from wheat germ oil. By 1939, he had treated several hundred women with a success rate of about 80 percent. In 1937, others reported success in combating threatened abortion and pregnancy toxemias as well. In 1940, Drs Wilfrid and Evan Shute were curing atherosclerosis with vitamin E; by 1946, thrombosis, phlebitis, and claudication. . .

“In the 1950s, the Shutes published the medical textbook Alpha Tocopherol in Cardiovascular Disease and The Heart and Vitamin E. . . .The Shutes treated some 30,000 patients over several decades and found that people in average health received maximum benefit from 800 IU of d-alpha tocopherol vitamin E. Vitamin E has been proven effective in the prevention and treatment of many heart conditions. “The complete or nearly complete prevention of angina attacks is the usual and expected result of treatment with alpha tocopherol,” according to Wilfrid Shute.21 He prescribed up to 1,600 IU of vitamin E daily and successfully treated patients for acute coronary thrombosis, acute rheumatic fever, chronic rheumatic heart disease, and hypertensive heart disease.

“Two landmark studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine followed a total of 125,000 men and women health-care professionals for a total of 839,000 person study-years.22 It was found that those who supplemented with at least 100 IU of vitamin E daily reduced their risk of heart disease by 59 to 66 percent. The studies were adjusted for lifestyle differences (smoking, physical activity, dietary fiber intake, aspirin use) in order to determine the heart effect of vitamin E supplementation alone. Because a diet high in foods containing vitamin E as compared to the average diet further showed only a slight heart-protective effect, the authors emphasized the necessity of vitamin E supplementation. Researchers at Cambridge University in England reported that patients who had been diagnosed with coronary arteriosclerosis could lower their risk of having a heart attack by 77 percent by supplementing with 400 to 800 IU per day of the natural (d-alpha tocopherol) form of vitamin E.”4

2  Ibid.
3  Ibid.
4  (Saul AW. Vitamin E: A cure in search of recognition. J Orthomolecular Med, 2003. Vol 18, No 3 and 4, p 205-212. )