Is too much vitamin e bad?

One of the most commonly asked questions by people who like to take care of their health is whether too much vitamin E is harmful. With so many health benefits attributed to this vitamin, such as its antioxidant properties and ability to boost immunity, it’s no wonder that some folks worry about getting too much of a good thing.

In this article, we’ll give you the lowdown on what happens when you go overboard with your vitamin E intake. We’ll also tell you how much is too much and where you can get your daily dose without going crazy (or broke). So sit back, relax, and let’s get started!

What is Vitamin E Anyway?

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty details of vitamin E overdose (yes, that’s a thing!), let’s first get familiar with what it actually does for our bodies.

Vitamin E (α-tocopherol, if you want to impress your friends) is part of a group of fat-soluble compounds known as tocopherols. These compounds work together in the body to protect cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. In other words: they keep us young! Well… sorta.

Our bodies don’t naturally produce enough antioxidants on their own — boo! — but luckily we can find them in certain foods or opt for supplements instead.

The Good Stuff – Health Benefits

Adequate amounts – not excessive amount – have been shown through research studies:

  • Heart Health: Improving blood circulation |
  • Fights Free Radicals: Protecting cell membranes against oxidative stress
  • Skin: Reducing inflammation
  • Cognition: Slowing down cognitive decline |
  • Stronger Immunity |

The list goes on but lets focus on answering why diving more than recommended quantity might be bad news bears:]

What Happens When You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?

While vitamin E helps prevent free radicals, it can also act as an antioxidant pro-oxidant in certain amounts. When there is too much Vitamin E stored up in fat tissue – this creates oxidative stress and can lead to damaging the DNA by binding to cell membranes.

So what does that mean for you? The potential risks associated with too much vitamin E are:

General
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Depleted levels of vital vitamins when supplementing instead of consuming through diet
Long-term Consumption :
  • Increased risk of Prostate Cancer 1
  • Higher mortality rate – but, however no evidence where only higher than recommended intake led excess fatalities logically.

How Much is Too Much?

Interestingly enough, one study found that more than 500 milligrams (mg) a day increased the risk of stroke! Yikes! Recommended dosages usually sit around 15 mg per day or about two tablespoons worth worth easily available plant oils: avocado oil, supplementation gets tricky but talk offline for suggestion sources!

A safe range would be between 10milligramms/400 milligramms; most multivitamins will include this within their quantities so dont worry table-toppers!

Foods Rich With Vitamin ‘e’:

Now you might want to look into changing your dietary habits after reading about all those extra added cents on supplements;
Here is our list some easily accessible foods which hold ample amountnds of (vitamin-e):

Seedy List:

Seeds Vitamin Quantity
Sunflower 7.4mgs / per ounce
Almonds 6.8 mgs / per ounce

Lets move onto non-sun related.

Fruits :

One forgotten fruit which holds ample amounts:

  • Kiwifruit
    • 1.1 milligram per two medium fruits.

Other Picks:
– Mangos
– Tomatoes
– Clams
togeherhold over 10mg of Vitamin E

The Bottom Line

So what’s the bottom-line on vitamin E? While it certainly has a range of health benefits when consumed in moderation, too much can be harmful for our bodies.

The best way to make sure you’re getting enough without going overboard is to eat natural foods rich with vitamins and minimize supplementing (crazy how Mother Nature’s got our backs).

Have fun experimenting, folks – and remember – always consult your doctor!

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