Initially Posted: 08/15/2020
Vitamin E Supplements, Cream, and Oil Tested by ConsumerLab.com

Alphabetical list of vitamin E supplements compared in this review

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Eden's Semilla 35,000 IU Vitamin E Oil

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GNC Vitamin E 1,000 IU

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GNC Vitamin E 400 IU

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Healthy Origins Natural Sunflower E 400 IU

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Jason Vitamin E 25,000 IU

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Kirkland Signature E 180 mg

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Life Extension Gamma E Mixed Tocopherols

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Metagenics E Complex-1:1

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Nature's Bounty E 400 IU

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NOW Dry E-400

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ProCaps Laboratories Ultimate Gamma Vitamin E

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Puritan's Pride Natural E - 1,000 IU

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Solgar Liquid Vitamin E

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Solgar Vitamin Dry E With Yeast Free Selenium

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Source Naturals Vegan True Vitamin E

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Swanson Vitamin E

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Unique E

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Summary

  • What does vitamin E do? Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) is an antioxidant that helps to maintain the integrity of cells. Deficiency is rare in the U.S., but does occur more commonly in other countries, such as China.
  • Does it help to take vitamin E? It may be helpful for Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, certain types of nerve pain and other conditions. Correcting a vitamin E deficiency (which is rare) may beneficial for maintaining eye health (see What It Does).
  • What's the best form of vitamin E? The vitamin E in supplements may be natural (labeled as "d-alpha tocopherol") or synthetic ("dl-alpha tocopherol"). The natural form contains a mix of tocopherols which may be beneficial, although, as ConsumerLab has found, not all "natural" vitamin E supplements contain significant amounts of these additional tocopherols (see "Vitamin E with Other Tocopherols").
  • What did CL find? Among 11 vitamin E products selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com, 3 contained too little or too much vitamin E — in fact, one contained virtually none of the vitamin E it claimed. The cost to obtain 268 mg of active vitamin E (e.g., 400 IU of natural vitamin E) from the products ranged from 4 cents to almost $200 (see What CL Found).
  • Which is the best vitamin E supplement? Among the products Approved for quality in ConsumerLab.com's tests (including 6 tested through CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program), our Top Picks not only met their claims but provided high quality vitamin E, sometimes with mixed tocopherols, at very reasonable prices.
  • Concerns with vitamin E: Vitamin E should not be taken with blood thinners and certain other medications as it can increase the risk of bleeding. Some studies have shown an association between vitamin E supplementation and an increased risk of death, and one study found an increased risk of prostate cancer in men taking high dose vitamin E (see Concerns and Cautions).
You must be a member to get the full test results along with ConsumerLab.com recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for 17 vitamin E supplements selected by ConsumerLab.com and 6 others that passed testing in its voluntary Quality Certification Program.
In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:
  • Which vitamin E supplements, oils and creams passed or failed ConsumerLab.com's testing and review
  • CL's Top Picks among vitamin E supplements and topical products that provide high quality vitamin E at a good value
  • Who is most likely to need a vitamin E supplement
  • Which foods are rich in vitamin E
  • The causes and symptoms of vitamin E deficiency
  • The dosage of vitamin E generally used in treating and preventing vitamin E deficiency and other conditions such as Alzheimer's disease 
  • Potential side-effects of vitamin E supplements and drug interactions
  • And more! 

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