Vitamin E Deficiency A Lot More Common Than You Think!

Vitamin E has to be one of the least talked about vitamins, and it doesn’t make any sense at all. Each vitamin is of equal importance, you cannot say that one is more important than another unless you are in need of it or deficient in it. And for that reason this blog on Vitamin E is very important. The NHANES found that 94% of adults in America are not consuming the estimated average requirement of vitamin E. Remember, that means you’re not even getting the tiny amount the government deems as ‘average,” let alone optimal amounts or your own unique demands.


Why are so many people lacking vitamin E? Aside from having generally poor diets? Well because most people don’t go around solving problems they don’t even know they have. Nobody knows they are deficient in vitamin E, nobody tells them and they have no test to take.

I have a simple test you can take and will provide it for you right now, so you have a better understanding of your vitamin E levels and whether or not you are lacking it. 


We are going to look at the well documented symptoms that exist in a sub-clinical sort of limbo. Medical deficiency is defined as lacking a nutrient with the existence and symptoms of clinical illness or disease. So until you present to the doctor with a SEVERE and prolonged deficiency which has caused illness and disease, you are not considered deficient. I don’t know about you but I am not waiting until that point, I want to know early and be able to restore my health before it’s too late. 


We know what happens to the body when it lacks vitamin E and we can see it long before clinical disease shows up. In fact we have this data very well documented and studied for decades. We can look at the SUB-CLINICAL signs of deficiency and understand the early warning signs.

The signs you are looking for are:


  • Dry hair
  • Heart disease
  • Cold hands/feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Susceptibility to colds/flus
  • Varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Premature aging of skin
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Enlarged prostate/menstrual disorders

You need to have THREE of these symptoms in order to reliably determine that you are lacking vitamin E. They can be any 3 items because each person may manifest different symptoms at different times. When people try to subvert deficiency and rely simply on one symptom alone it is akin to speculating. You never want to take this kind of advice seriously, you must exhibit 3 or more symptoms in order to get consistency out of this type of testing, if done this way it can be highly accurate and reliable for testing all nutrients, which blood testing simply can never do.


In order to increase reliability even more we want to consider if you are consuming anything that is in any way inhibiting vitamin E within the body. These are known as antagonistic substances and it’s important to minimize them before we try to consume more vitamin E.


The antagonistic substances for vitamin E are:


  • Birth control pills
  • Chlorine
  • Mineral oil
  • Rancid fat/oil
  • Food processing
  • Laxatives 

Once you have determined that you are in need of increased vitamin E consumption you will want to consider eating foods rich in vitamin E or taking a supplement. You can do either, or both but it’s always important with your health that you have choice.


The foods highest in vitamin E are:


  • Wheat germ oil
  • Brazil nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Shrimp and lobster
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Almond oil
  • Red meat
  • Organ meats
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Almonds
  • Egg yolks

There are a lot of foods rich in vitamin E, which makes you wonder why so many people are said to be lacking it. However, so many people now are opting for processed foods, and the processing of foods completely strips them of their vitamin E content. 



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