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Vitamin E is not just one single compound. There are actually eight different kinds of vitamin E, and our bodies need all eight of them.
Any vitamin E supplement you take should contain a balance of tocopherols and tocotrienols, such as are found in the palm oil supplement Tocomin®. And if you are in good health and consume a balanced diet, as little as 10 milligrams of a balanced vitamin E may cover your minimum needs. But there are certain situations where you need more:
Vitamin E supplements have been tested in dosages of up to 3,200 IU a day. At this dosage, there are occasionally problems with stomach upset. This is much more likely to be a problem when the product is old and the carrier oils have gone bad.
Probably much higher doses are OK, but since they have not been clinically tested, and there is a point at which additional vitamin E can't be stored by your body, no one should take more than 3,200 IU a day. That's the equivalent of 1,600 IU of alpha-tocopherol plus 1,600 mg of tocotrienols.
It only takes a little vitamin E to prevent vitamin E deficiency. It can take a whole lot more to support recovery from disease. Here are some minimum levels:
You will always benefit most from a product that contains a combination of alpha-tocopherol and the other forms of vitamin E. You will always benefit most from natural vitamin E. Here is how you recognize natural vitamin E:
Why should you care?
Synthetic vitamin E contains eight different chemicals, only one of which can be absorbed by the human body. Natural vitamin E also contains eight different chemicals, but all of them are absorbed and used by the body. And if the label mentions beta-, gamma-, delta-tocopherol, or any kind of tocotrienol, you can be assured it's natural vitamin E. Alpha-tocopherol is the only kind of vitamin E that can be synthesized.
If it's natural, it works harder, and you can benefit from less. If it's synthetic, you can take more without getting all the benefits you need.
Why would anybody take synthetic vitamin E?
The simple fact is, there's not enough real vitamin E being produced to go around. Until more food manufacturers are willing to divert at least little more of their organic plant oils to vitamin production, there will always be a demand for the artificial vitamin. But in the meantime you can rely on products by the best manufacturers, such as Life Extension and Xtend Life.
Visit our Vitamin E Overdose page for more information.