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Vitamin E and Zinc

This past Monday I met with my nutritionist. I had a lot of blood work done at my last appointment, and he said that it showed that I was deficient in vitamin E and zinc. He wants me to take a supplement of 50 mg Zinc and one of 800 IU vitamin E. I was wondering if any one had experience with taking these supplements or know of any good links about them. I am trying to figure out when might be the best time to take them. Would it be best to take the two 400 IU vitamin E supplements at the same time or at different times during the day. For example, I know it is best not to take too much calcium at once which is why I take one in the morning and one in the evening. Should I take them separately from my other medications? Is there anything I should know about zinc or vitamin E that might affect my immunosuppression (Prograf)? I am trying to figure out how I would best absorb them. I will ask my doctors, but I also value your experiences and knowledge. Thank you for your time.

Warmest regards,


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  • Hi Bobbiejo, I am certain of the relation but I was prescribed vitamin E form my cardiologist. I take 700 IU and never experience any issues. Have you discussed it with you nutritionist or transplant team!!

    • Thank you for sharing. I am glad that you are tolerating well the vitamin E. I definitely made sure to communicate with my transplant team before I started taking the supplement. It is a good reminder though especially as my transplant team is in another state, and I have had trouble before with getting my local doctors to talk with my transplant team. I often have to bear the onus to make sure that they are consulted properly.  

      Best of wishes to you,


  • Hi Bobbiejo. Do you have a cardiologist? I know that there are mixed reviews of E, and most cardiologists no longer recommend it as it can affect/worsen CAD (coronary artery disease).  There is a fair amount on both sides of the argument, but I believe that the "take with caution" camp is currently in the lead. You'll have to figure out what works for your circumstances.

    • Dear Cora,

      Thanks for your reply. I do not have a cardiologist as I have not ever had any major heart problems. I do have a slight murmur but not serious. I am now taking a total of 400IU of vitamin E each day, not the 800 IU I was taking at first. This seems to be enough to keep my vitamin E levels to where my nutritionist is satisfied.

      My nutritionist now has me working on getting my copper and zinc where they need to be. I have to take supplements of one for a month and then take the other on the next month and so on since the two can interact and prevent absorption of the other.  

      I hope you are doing well. I always appreciate how sweet you are in trying to help me and others. Many hugs are being sent your way on the wings of hope.

      Warm regards,

  • I appreciate the shared experience, advice, and useful links. I was able to reach someone from my transplant team about it today. She suggested taking 400 IU vitamin E in the morning and 400 !U at night. She was fine with the zinc and just emphasized to try not to take anything at least an hour before or after I take my Prograf. I will be seeing my nutritionist again in four months, and I think he is going to check my levels of these again at that time.

    I found out as well that my local lab had not been sending my monthly blood work to my transplant team for almost a year. (I had my surgery in another state because the type of transplant I had has not been done in my home state before). I managed to get my local lab to send out what was needed today. I shall just have to become more vigilant about this, to make sure that the proper communication between places is occurring. Unfortunately, many of my local doctors are not so good about doing this on their own.  

    Again I send you many thanks.

    • Maybe they can send you a copy for your records and then you can mail them yourself? 

      I have heard that vitamin E could potentially increase Prograf serum levels to rise. It never happened with me that I know of so if it does with you let us know.

      Many HUGS and healing!

  • Bobbiejo, I was prescribed vitamin E following my heart transplant 7.5 years ago.  It is an antioxidant and is commonly prescribed here in Michigan. I take 400 IU in the a.m & 400 IU in the p.m.  I've never experienced any issues with it in that time and I do take the fat soluble (clear gels).  Not sure why Rise recommended powered vitamin E.  Have you reviewed your nutrisionists recommendation with your transplant team  That is the best place to start!

    • I prefer the dry vitamin e because people with digestive problems can absorb the dry form.

      Thankfully, I no longer need additional vitamin E supplements. Be sure to check your Vitamin E levels

      in the future. You never want to take too much. All Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the liver.

  • Be careful when buying vitamin E supplements. If you can ask your nutritionists about buying a dry vitamin E and I know Solgar is an excellent brand. They did not appear on the bad list that I recently  joined. 

    Just googled this product. Be sure to see if there is a better price and ask your nutritionist about this product.

    Because I had poor absorption which I thought in the past due to CF, I was told to take this product. 

    I no longer need to take vitamin E. Just take vitamin D3 which is also a fat soluble vitamin. My new favorite is 

    metagenics D.

  • Foods naturally high in Vitamin E

    Foods naturally high in zinc

    I thought pumpkin seeds were high in Zinc. Did not see this on the list but I love pumpkin seeds because they are high in magnesium.

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