Vitamin E ‘especially critical’ during foetal development

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Adequate levels of Vitamin E micronutrient are especially critical for the very young, the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant. A lifelong proper intake of vitamin E is also important, researchers said, but often complicated by the fact that this nutrient is one of the most difficult to obtain through diet alone. Some critics have raised unnecessary alarms about excessive vitamin E intake while in fact the diet of most people is insufficient, said Prof Maret Traber of [b]Oregon State University[/b]. In a review of multiple studies, Traber said that among the most important findings are the significance of vitamin E during foetal development and in the first years of life; the correlation between adequate intake and dementia later in life; and the difficulty of evaluating vitamin E adequacy through measurement of blood levels alone.

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