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Majority of the World’s Population Isn’t Getting Enough Vitamin E

A recent study suggests that only one-fifth of the world’s population is getting the recommended vitamin E intake. This puts them at higher risk of contracting illnesses related to the immune system, cognitive function, and cardiovascular system.

For this analysis, researchers examined studies about vitamin E intake and serum concentrations that took place between 2000 and 2012. They found a total of 176 articles that referred to 132 studies, to which they applied a recommended daily allowance of 15 mg/day and an estimated average requirement of 12 mg/day to people with a minimum age of 14 years.

After applying those parameters, the researchers found that 82% and 61% of mean and median data points were below the recommended daily allowance and the estimated average requirement, respectively. They also found that 13% of serum concentrations of vitamin E globally did not reach the functional deficiency threshold concentration of 12 µmol/L. This was mainly seen in newborns and children.

Researchers from Mannheim Institute of Public Health, Social and Preventative Medicine in Germany conducted the study. It was published in the July 2016 issue of The International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research.

Vitamin E has eight different forms: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and has been shown to help many aspects of the body. If you want to add more vitamin E to your diet, try eating sunflower seeds, breakfast cereal, tomatoes, dried herbs, and dried apricots.

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