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Recommended Dietary Allowance Infants 0-1 yrs. 5 I.U. Children 1-4 yrs. 10 I.U. 4-10 yrs. 30 I.U. Men 10+ yrs. 30 I.U. Women 10+ yrs. 30 I.U. Pregnant Women 30 I.U. Lactating Women 30 I.U.

Adelle Davis feels the RDA is too low and recommends 30 I.U. daily for infants and children and 100 I.U. for adolescents and adults.

Therapeutic Dose: One hundred to six hundred I.U. are recommended, but people with high blood pressure or chronic rheumatic heart ailments cannot tolerate large dosages of vitamin E: they should consult physicians before taking any vitamin E. And anyone taking the vitamin should start at very small amounts, building up to a therapeutic range under the guidance of a doctor.

Megadose: Under a physician's guidance from 600 to 2,000 or more I.U. daily are recommended.

Toxicity

Vitamin E is essentially nontoxic; however, some people taking 4,000 to 30,000 I.U. for long periods may experience some side effects, such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath and dizziness. Only when taken in large doses by a person who has high blood pressure or a rheumatic heart condition can vitamin E become deadly. a ,

Deficiency Symptoms

Very rarely is there a deficiency of vitamin E. Deficiencies related to vitamin E actually develop because the vitamin is not available in sufficient quantities to synthesize properly with other substances, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), nonspecific antioxidants, selenium or sulfur-containing amino acids. For example, if vitamin E is insufficient to halt the oxidation of fatty acids, hemolytic anemia may occur because the hemoglobin is not kept within the cells.

When a deficiency of vitamin E does occur, however, there may be degeneration of the cardiopulmonary region, the formation of clots, decreased circulation and strokes. Problems with sterility related to cell regeneration and other reproductive disorders in women, such as miscarriages, resorption of the fetus and menopausal ailments, can also be brought on by lack of vitamin E.

Severe deficiencies of vitamin E can damage the kidneys, liver and pancreas. A lack of the vitamin is implicated in nephritis (kidney tubules blocked by dead cells, halting the flow of urine out of the body), pancreatic inflammation and gastrointestinal upsets from faulty absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins.

Recent Clinical Developments

The best type of vitamin E to take appears to be d-alpha tocopherol, derived from natural sources —i.e., oils. This is the kind that Adelle Davis recom mends. Although there has been minor success reported with d-alpha tocopherol acetate, a synthetic, it does not seem to have the wide-ranging healing powers of the natural vitamin. Furthermore, several sources indicate that the mixed tocopherols are unstable and, therefore, produce fewer results than does the pure vitamin E. This difference may be why some doctors see no improvement in patients after they have recommended vitamin E in the treatment of an ailment: it appears that only d-alpha tocopherol possesses the broadest curative measures, whereas the rest of the tocopherol family has limited healing potential.

Doctors, for example, have used d-alpha tocopherol repeatedly with great success for victims of heart attacks. Once such preventive therapy is undertaken, patients notice a difference within five to ten days, although the complete healing process usually takes up to four to six weeks.

Diabetics who eventually suffer the irreversible symptoms of gangrene in their toes, feet or legs have also been helped by massive doses of vitamin E —between 600 and 1,600 I.U. daily. The vitamin dilates the blood vessels, allowing blood to circulate freely and giving new life to the affected limbs.

In addition, vitamin E appears to have miraculous healing powers for scars caused by burns, accidents or surgery. Vitamin E applied directly to the damaged tissue and taken orally will literally dissolve the scar tissue, replenishing the skin so that it acquires elasticity and flexibility. At the same time as it works on the exterior skin, it heals inner scar tissue.

With vitamin E patrolling the body capillaries, veins and arteries also remain elastic and smooth so that no plaque or fiber can build up on the walls and produce atherosclerosis. Moreover, free radicals are kept in place to prevent premature aging and wrinkling. And people with varicose veins and phlebitis have been helped with supplements of vitamin E.

Many kinds of muscle damage or disease, such as muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis or deterioration, have been helped with supplements of vitamin E as well. According to Russian experiments, when vitamin E is added to the high-protein diets of athletes, they have more wind and stamina and their muscles withstand hardships better than before. They are thus able to increase the times, lengths or dis tances in their particular events. Vitamin E gets oxygen to the cells in a pure state so that they can carry it around the body to the needed areas: as a result, stamina and athletic potential can be increased.

Women who suffer from menstrual pain, irregular cycles, spotting and/or hemorrhaging have also been helped when vitamin E was added to their diets. . ;' 'v

VITAMIN K

Astrological Ruler

Saturn.

Synthetic Forms

Synonyms

K-l {phylloquinone and phytonadione), K-2 (farnoquinone and menaquinone), antihemorrhagic vitamin, prothrombin factor and koagulationsvitamin.

Sources

Vegetables: Alfalfa, chestnut leaves, spinach, soybeans, tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, carrots and potatoes.

Fruits and Nuts: Prunes. Meat and Fish: Pork liver, lean meats and kidney.

Grains: Unknown.

Dairy Products: Yogurt and egg yolks. Herbs: Shepherd's purse. Natural Supplements: Kelp,

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