An Oregon State University vitamin E expert is disputing claims that the micronutrient might cause harm if taken in high doses.
Maret Traber of OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute argues in a review of scientific literature published in the Journal of Lipid Research that the body has its own mechanisms for eliminating excess levels of vitamin E and that it is virtually impossible to take a harmful dose.
“I believe that past studies which have alleged adverse consequences from vitamin E have misinterpreted the data,” said Traber, a professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
According to the review, researchers have determined that two systems in the liver work to excrete excess levels of vitamin E.
“Taking too much vitamin E is not the real concern,” Traber added. “A much more important issue is that more than 90 percent of people in the U.S. have inadequate levels of vitamin E in their diet.”
Traber recommends taking a multivitamin with the full daily dose of vitamin E and consuming a healthy diet to get adequate levels of the micronutrient, an antioxidant that promotes health and may help stave off a number of degenerative diseases.
It can be found in oils, meats and some other foods.