Vitamin E, aka Tocopherol, D’alpha (natural), Dl’alpha (synthetic),is an increasingly popular anti-aging vitamin, and is important to the arteries, blood vessels, heart, lungs, nerves, pituitary gland, and the skin.
It is the belief myself and many others on the raw food diet that the vitamin E sources from natural sources are far superior than the synthetic sources, since the body assimilates organic material and uses it where needed, but most inorganic material does not have the same desired effect. This is why those on the raw food diet have such great skin!
The RDA for vitamin E is: 8-10 IU. The supplementary ranges is: 100-1200 IU
The toxicity level is: 4000+ IU . Excessive intake may produce side effects in some individuals. Toxicity symptoms: elevated blood pressure when starting with high doses.
If you are on the raw food diet, or consume lots of raw food, you probably are getting your RDA of vitamin E, since the plant sources are:
- brown rice
- dark green vegetables
- unrefined cereals
- vegetable oils
- wheat germ & oil
- whole grains
- Hazelnuts 1/2 cup= 14 IU
Vitamin E is not just for the skin, however. It is an important anti-clotting factor, and helps fight arthritis, to name just a couple of important things that it does.
For more information about vitamin E, such as the augmenting nutrients, and inhibiting factors, as well as the animal sources and bodily functions facilitated, deficiency symptoms, and more, get our Nutrition Chart Book.