The world is currently suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are turning to vitamin supplements to boost their immunity and prevent themselves from catching COVID-19. But there are some things left unsaid about these supplements, including how toxic they can get when taken in excess.
Among the vitamin supplements that are very in demand these days is vitamin E. Since the human body cannot produce it, it must be obtained from the diet and/or supplements. Vitamin E is actually a collective term for a group of fat-soluble compounds that have antioxidant properties.
Apart from its antioxidant properties, vitamin E is also involved in certain bodily functions that promote immunity and carry out metabolic processes. But just because the body is incapable of producing it, that does not mean that we should take this vitamin in large doses.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the Dietary Reference Intakes guide made by the Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies only recommends 15 mg of vitamin E per day for people 14 years of age and beyond. The recommended dose for 13 years and below range from 4 mg to 11 mg.
When vitamin E is taken in excess, certain health complications could develop. Too much of this vitamin could lead to blood thinning and fatal bleeding after an injury. A study has even linked vitamin E toxicity to increased hemorrhagic stroke risk. This is a stroke that is caused by bleeding in the brain.
Many people take vitamin E supplements thinking that it could decrease their risk of having certain cancers, improve their overall immune system and enjoy the anti-aging effects that come with the vitamin’s antioxidant properties.
However, Healthline says there is no need to take vitamin E supplements unless you are deficient of this nurtirent. The vitamin E content that is obtained from the diet is already enough. It is also best to consult with a health care provider or a medical professional first before deciding on purchasing and consuming vitamin E supplements.