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July 2009 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Food Storage Safety, Energy Therapies and Vitamins and Minerals
Date:7/22/2009

he U.S. government recommends adults get anywhere from 200 to 600 International Units (IU) of vitamin D a day, depending on age. With new knowledge about the benefits of vitamin D, many experts now say that intake should be at least 800 to 1,000 IU a day.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects red blood cells and may play a role in the body's immune function. It's long been thought that diets rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E, could help lower the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Recent studies suggest that vitamin E supplements don't provide the same health benefits as dietary sources do and may even by harmful to health. High-dose vitamin E supplements may increase the risk of health failure or death.

Patients should talk to their care providers about vitamin supplements, their benefits and risks, and recommended doses.

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