Vitamin E in Infant Formula

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Vitamin E in Infant Formula

This vitamin is critical to the development of your nervous system and has the antioxidants that help your cells grow. Does your baby's formula have enough?

Vitamin E is the fat-soluble antioxidant that is important in your personal health. Some of the best sources of vitamin E are almonds, spinach, sweet potato, and avocado. You can also find vitamin E in foods like cereals, grains, and vegetable oils. Your baby starts on cereals around the age of six months but does not eat the same solids as you at first. Is your little one getting enough for their own personal growth and development?

What are the Benefits of Vitamin E?

Vitamin E has a number of health benefits and is an important part of your daily vitamin intake. As a fat-soluble vitamin, it is best absorbed when consumed with fat. Breast milk and infant formula are both food sources for your baby that contain fat to help them absorb that vitamin. Some of the benefits of vitamin E include:

  • strong immunity
  • necessary for proper function of many organs
  • healthy skin and repairs skin damage
  • promotes healthy eyes and vision
  • balances cholesterol and may prevent heart and blood diseases
  • fights free radicals

How Much Vitamin E Does Your Baby Need?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend 4 mg per day for infants 0-6 months and 5 mg per day for infants 7-12 months. Hipp has 0.9 mg per 100 ml serving. The biodymanic milk used in Holle milk is high in vitamin E with 1.2 mg per 100 ml, but still within the recommended limits.

What are Signs of Vitamin E Deficiency?

While a vitamin E deficiency is not common, some people have a difficult time absorbing vitamin E. This includes people who cannot absorb dietary fat, those with metabolic syndrome, and premature babies less than 3.5 pounds at birth.

  • dry, wrinkly skin
  • greasy stool
  • chronic diarrhea
  • liver and kidney problems

Over time, a deficiency in vitamin E can lead to increased risk of diseases, diminished eye sight, and immune dysfunction.

Can You Have Too Much Vitamin E?

Too much vitamin E is difficult to achieve just by food consumption. Supplements are not recommended for infants. Symptoms can include blurred vision, weakness, nausea, and diarrhea.

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