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Who should take vitamin E?

You may need to take vitamin E if you have intestine disease, liver disease, pancreas disease, or if you have had surgical removal of your stomach. You would need to take vitamin E if you have a vitamin E deficiency. Everyone should be getting vitamin E if they are eating a balanced diet, including the foods that contain vitamin E in order to maintain good health.

Elizabeth Casparro, MPH,RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

The main population to benefit from vitamin E supplementation is those with fat malabsorptive diseases such as celiac disease (gluten allergy). Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, so condition that interferes with fat absorption with affect its absorption and put that individual at risk of deficiency. Although high intakes of vitamin E have been associated with lowered risk of heart disease, studies have shown that the supplemental form is not beneficial. Also, fat-soluble vitamins are more readily stored in the body and likely to reach toxic levels. Therefore, food choices are best and the best ones include nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and dark leafy greens. 

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