A study from DSM Nutritional Products and Cornell University show that more than 90% of millennials or people that are in their twenties have inadequate levels of vitamin E. What does this mean?
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 2003 – 2006) also confirm that 87% of people that are 20 to 30 years of age and 68% of 31 to 50-year-old Americans are unable to maintain their ideal serum alpha- tocopherol concentrations which is defined as 30 micromoles per liter. Also, the study from the Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE reported that 93% of 20 to 30-year-old Americans have very low levels of vitamin E along with 80% of people older than 30 years of age with minimal levels of the vitamin. In line with these studies are the benefits of serum alpha – tocopherol that helps in developing a healthy reproductive system, brain and liver functions.
Dr. McBurney Investigates Vitamin E Deficiency
According to Michael McBurney, Ph.D. VP Science, Communications, and Advocacy, Nutrition Science & Advocacy at DSM Nutritional Products LLC, more data is needed in determining the overall status of vitamin E in Americans. The fact is that vitamin E follows vitamin D scientifically. Research has to be done about vitamin D deficiency since it affects bone health, immune system health, muscle function and so many more. McBurney also mentions that minuscule levels of vitamin E may affect the many biological functions. He also stated that vitamin E was discovered because of its impact on normal reproductive function. Some couples delay having children in life because of the difficulty to conceive or even managing pregnancy up to full term. He asked if subtropical vitamin E could be responsible for this condition and if measuring the status of vitamin E would help.
Researchers utilized data from NHANES 2003 to 2005 which is limited to alpha and gamma- tocopherol since vitamin E requirements are based on alpha- tocopherol. The data yielded results that said only 1% of the total population have very low vitamin E levels and that alpha-tocopherol are even lower in people who us non-dietary supplements. Individuals that may have participated in the study have on average a better status when it comes to nutrition, or vitamin E levels of Americans are now lower compared to when the studies were conduction. Therefore, one can anticipate that the recent data (2015) may even be lower than the lowest levels.
New studies are underway using the pharmacologic doses of vitamin E in respondents that are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and changes in cognitive dysfunction as well as the development of fatty liver disease because of evidence that the vitamin is necessary for the maintenance of brain and liver function.
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