How to Best Absorb Vitamin E Supplements


updated February 10, 2011

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Best Absorb Vitamin E Supplements

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and also an antioxidant. It helps lower cholesterol, boost the immune system and is essential for heart health.


Things You'll Need

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
    • 1

      Take the natural form of vitamin E, d-alpha-tocopherol. It is more potent than the synthetic form (dl-alpha-tocopherol).

    • 2

      Take vitamin E together with vitamin A. It is necessary for vitamin A absorption.

    • 3

      Avoid taking iron and vitamin E together. Inorganic iron can destroy vitamin E. Take the supplements separately.

    • 4

      Take your minerals separately from vitamin E. Minerals may block the absorption of vitamin E.

    • 5

      Break up your vitamin E dose into smaller doses and take at intervals throughout the day.

    • 6

      Avoid high doses of vitamin E if you are taking anticoagulant drugs. It can enhance their effect.

    • 7

      Check your other medications. Anticonvulsants such as phenobarbital, phenytoin and carbamazepine may interfere with the absorption and metabolism of vitamin E. You may need to take a larger supplement.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Vitamin E is found in almonds, hazelnuts, margarine, peanut oil, safflower nuts, sunflower seeds, walnuts, wheat germ and whole-wheat flour.

  • Recommended optimal dose is 100 IU to 600 IU for adults.

  • Use carefully if you have iron-deficiency anemia. Vitamin E can cause the condition to worsen.

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