Can I take other vitamins while taking vitamin e and zinc supplements?


There is no risk of taking multivitamins in moderation every day, but if too much vitamin E and zinc are added, there is a risk to the body. These two health products may interfere with each other or even become toxic.

Your body needs zinc to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It also supports your immune system and is essential for the production of DNA and proteins. Women need to consume 8 mg of zinc, while men need to consume 11 mg per day. Pregnant women need 11 to 12 mg per day to meet the increasing demand for nutrients. Zinc deficiency is rare in the United States, but certain populations are at higher risk, including alcoholics and people with gastrointestinal and sickle cell disease. Vegetarians may need nutritional supplements because plant foods contain substances that inhibit zinc absorption.

Vitamin E
As a fat-soluble antioxidant, vitamin E's main role is to neutralize free radicals before they destroy essential fats throughout the body. Under this action, vitamin E protects the fat that constitutes the cell wall and forms lipoproteins that carry cholesterol through cholesterol. Adult men and women should consume 15 mg or 22.4 IU of vitamin E per day. The Linus Pauling Institute points out that although few people suffer from vitamin E deficiency, more than 90% of Americans are unable to meet their recommended daily allowance through the food they eat. Therefore, it is recommended that healthy adults take multivitamins containing vitamin E daily.


Many multivitamins already contain zinc and vitamin E, so please check the label to see the content of each nutrient in the multivitamins you ingest. Then check the dosage of zinc and vitamin E in any other supplements you ingest. As long as the total dose of the two nutrients does not exceed the tolerable upper limit of intake, they can be safely mixed together. The daily intake of zinc should not exceed 40 milligrams, and the daily vitamin E should not exceed 1000 milligrams or 1500 international units; if you add more nutrients than this amount, both nutrients will be toxic. Unless your doctor recommends a higher dose, your total intake from various sources (including food and supplements) need only meet the recommended daily allowance.

If you have heart disease, diabetes, bleeding disorders, retinitis pigmentosa, or head, neck, or prostate cancer, please consult your doctor before taking vitamin E supplements. Women in early pregnancy should also avoid using vitamin E. People with AIDS and anyone taking anticoagulants should also consult a doctor before taking zinc. Zinc and vitamin E supplements may reduce the effects of certain antibiotics. Zinc may interfere with rheumatoid arthritis medications, so take it two hours before or four to six hours after taking it.