Vitamin E overdose: Diarrhoea could be a sign of too many vitamin E supplements and foods


Vitamin E is essential for fighting illnesses and infections and can be found in a wide range of foods. Olive oil, nuts, seeds, spinach, broccoli, avocado and cereals are all good food sources of the vitamin, and it’s also found in plants, which are used in many skin products. It can also be taken in supplement form.

But if you’re eating a diet rich in vitamin E and also taking supplements, you could be at increased risk of too much vitamin E.

Dr Andrew Thornber, chief medical officer at Now Patient, revealed to the symptoms you should look out for.

One symptom which can occur when you go to the toilet, according to Dr Thornber, is diarrhoea.

Other symptoms of vitamin E toxicity include:

  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Vision problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

Dr Thornber advised: “Vitamin E can be unsafe if taken by mouth in high doses, especially if you have a condition such as heart disease or diabetes.

“The more you take the more you risk health complications.”

It’s recommended men get 4mg of vitamin E a day and women get 3mg a day.

Dr Thornber added: “You should usually get enough vitamin E from food and research is still limited about taking vitamin E supplements.

“But people on low fat diets may be low on the vitamin in their bodies.

“People with certain diseases and conditions (cancer, heart disease and diabetes), do sometimes take them to help treat their conditions/issues.”

It’s worth chatting to your GP or Pharmacist about taking a vitamin E supplement to weigh up the pros and cons.

Dr Thornber warned: “If you are not feeling well or think you’re low in vitamin E or that you have been taking too much, see your doctor.”

The Department of Health and Social Care advises if you take vitamin E supplements, to not take too much as this could be harmful.

Taking 540mg or less a day of vitamin E supplements is unlikely to cause any harm.

Another vitamin you should be careful not to overdose on is vitamin C.

Source link