Too much vitamin E

Vitamin E overdose

Vitamin E is a composite of fat-soluble substance that consists of both tocopherols and tocotrienols. It participates in a wide array of biological mechanisms including but not limited to antioxidation that protects healthy cells from damage, enzymatic role in smooth muscle growth, gene expression to assist with connective tissue health and wound healing, neurological activities and cellular communication.

Since a human body has no effective methods of excreting excessive amounts of fat-soluble compounds, this vitamin’s toxicity is cumulative.

Too much vitamin E retention can lead to

  • Hypervitaminosis leading to increased incidence of hemorrhaging especially if large doses of vitamin E intake occurred with blood thinning medications such as aspirin
  • Decreased biological functions that are normally maintained with vitamin K
  • Increased levels of triglycerides
  • Gonadal dysfunction in men causing reproductive issues
  • Decrease of collagen synthesis
  • 17% increase in risk of prostate cancer

Symptoms of Vitamin E intoxication and associated health dangers

  • Dermatitis and eczema (if used in excessive amounts topically)
  • Increased incidence of bleeding
  • Increased incidence of hemorrhaging
  • Slow wound healing
  • Blotching of the skin
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness

Using synthetic vitamin E supplements can be dangerous to health, since they do not contain all components of vitamin E required for healthy utilization by cells. Synthetic Vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol) is linked to increased risk for prostate cancer in men

Foods naturally rich in vitamin E

It is recommended to acquire all daily vitamin E nutrition from natural food sources.  Avoiding an additional supplementation of vitamin E helps preventing overdosing.

The following is a short list of foods that supply vitamin E in significant amounts

  • Whole grains including wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats, kamut, quinoa and millet
  • Fortified cereals
  • Sunflower seeds and nuts
  • Vegetable oils
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Curry
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Paprika