Although most of us don’t really get the exact recommended amount of Vitamin E from our diet each day, it is very rare to have Vitamin E deficiency in levels that cause serious health problems. Even picky eaters usually get their average Vitamin E quite easily, so it is rare for parents to go in search of extra Vitamin E for their kids. If you are worried that your kid might not be getting enough of this vitamin, remember that only Vitamins A, C and calcium or iron have to be declared on food labels. So even if your oil or cereal has Vitamin E, it might go unlisted. Opt for Vitamin E supplements only if your doctor deems it necessary.
Risk factors for Vitamin E deficiency
There are some health conditions that pave the way for Vitamin E deficiency quite easily. Children who are at risk include:
- Children with cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease and other malabsorption problems.
- Children with abetalipoproteinemia, a rare disease that affects the transfer proteins responsible for maintaining Vitamin E levels in the blood.
Precautions when taking Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that naturally occurs in fat-rich nuts and oils. Small nuts are a choking hazard. Always serve nuts in kid-friendly, age-appropriate forms. Nut butter is also a major choking hazard – they should be spread thinly and never be fed on their own in spoons
It is very very rare for you or your child to get too much vitamin E without using supplements. Because Vitamin E acts as an anticoagulant, too much Vitamin E can delay blood clotting and cause bleeding problems. The maximum dosage where problems can arise lays around at 200 mg per day for 3-year-olds and 300 mg a day for 4-year-olds.
Higher levels than 300 mg per day can increase the chances of brain bleeding (stroke). Higher levels than 300 mg per day is also believed to increase the risk of birth defects in pregnant women. Also, since Vitamin E rich food is also mostly calorically dense, you must keep an eye on their portions if you are looking to lose weight.
We hope you are now well informed about Vitamin E! Stay tuned for more health info!