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What is Vitamin E Ep 57


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What is Vitamin E  Vitamin E 101
Vitamin Junkeys Episode #57 (running time 5:04)
Date: May 11, 2010
Podsafe Music: Ice Cream by Christopher Dale Courtesy of MeVIO Music Alley
Show hosts: Jennifer Lyall & Dr. Jean Jacques (Dr. JJ) Dugoua, ND HBSc PhD (Cand.)

This episode examines:

Why is it important to take Vitamin E?

What is Vitamin E and what does it do in our bodies?

How much Vitamin E should I take?

What happens if you are deficient in Vitamin E?

Can you get enough Vitamin E in the foods you eat?


What's Dr. JJ taking today?

Dr. JJ is taking a Vitamin E gelcap.

Jennifer keeps Vitamin E in her medicine cabinet to apply topically to dry skin or chapped lips.

Dr. JJ says Vitamin E is also good for healing wounds, like scratches.


Why should we take Vitamin E?  Why is Vitamin E important for our bodies?

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin.  It is an anti-oxidant so it helps to fight free radicals.  It is also a blood thinner, as it is involved in the clotting pathways in the body.  Vitamin E is also linked to the prevention and treatment of 30-40 medical conditions.


What is Dr. JJ's  recommended daily dose of Vitamin E?

If you are in relatively good health, Dr. JJ recommends taking 200-400 IU of Vitamin E per day.  It's best to take Vitamin E with mixed tocopherols.

Vitamin E is taken more for its preventative benefits.

What happens if you are deficient in Vitamin E?  How do you know if you are deficient in Vitamin E?

Vitamin E deficiency is pretty rare.  Dr. JJ has never seen Vitamin E deficiency in his practice.  There could be some rare genetic disorders where people are deficient in Vitamin E, there may be some clotting issues.

Dr. JJ has seen some patients with low levels of Vitamin E who are more prone to arthritis.

Can you get enough Vitamin E in the foods you eat?  How can I get Vitamin E in my diet naturally?

The best food sources of Vitamin E include:

  • dark green leafy vegetables
  • whole grains
  • nuts and seeds
  • legumes
  • The best source of Vitamin E: Cold pressed vegetable oils (e.g. olive oil)

It is important for vegetable oils to be cold pressed, because when you heat it, it damages the chemistry of Vitamin E.


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