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Getting Enough Vitamin E10?

By Terry Dunkle
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The cool forests of northeastern United States and Canada are big producers of vitamin E10. (Photo: Wendy Bumgardner.)

Most Americans have never heard of vitamin E10 (at least not under that name), although it's one of the most important promoters of health and longevity. Decades of scientific study have shown that vitamin E10 wards off heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, depression, and many other serious maladies. It helps weight loss, too. Yet most of us get far too little of it.

Our forefathers got vitamin E10 without even trying. Ninety percent of them lived, worked, and ate their meals on farms, where they found it nearly impossible to escape getting a healthy dose seven days a week. Unfortunately, today's urban dwellers can't get their E10 without determined effort—and they're often too busy.

Doubles Your Burn Rate

In some ways, vitamin E10 resembles regular vitamin E. Both protect against prostate cancer. Both help to maintain physical dexterity and muscle tone. Nevertheless, getting too much of either may cause fatigue, muscle cramps, or (in women) reproductive problems. Overdosing is rare, however. A healthy adult may get several times the recommended daily amount without serious side effects.

In other respects, the two E's differ widely. Millions of men take daily supplements of ordinary E to protect against heart disease, for example, yet the latest research indicates that popping these pills may be useless for that purpose. Meanwhile, even a minimal supplement of E10 cuts the risk of heart attack dramatically.

Unlike regular E, the sub-10 variety is a powerful aid to weight loss. Depending on how long you've been taking it, E10 can double the rate at which your body burns calories—something no other drug has accomplished. (The doubling wears off soon after each dose is administered, but your burn rate remains mildly elevated for hours afterward.)

Although some people spend $100 to $200 a month on vitamin E10, it needn't be costly. High-priced artificial varieties have been pitched in late-night TV infomercials, but the Federal Trade Commission has declared some of these false advertising. The best vitamin E10 is completely natural and virtually free.

A Welcome Addiction

Vitamin E10 is the only mainstream supplement that produces a drug-like "high." For reasons still poorly understood, it releases neurotransmitters in the brain that bring a pleasurable feeling of well-being and confidence. It is mildly habit-forming. Heavy users who give it up for a few days report feeling cranky and nervous. Nevertheless, withdrawal is far less severe than in nicotine or even caffeine addiction.

Most people still take their vitamin E10 at home, but a growing number make a habit of dropping in at institutions where E10 is administered under professional supervision. Part of the attraction is social. Like heroin dens, E10 clubs are crowded with pleasure-seekers hoping to take the edge off a stressful day at the office—only in this case, they come home with a healthy glow and a positive outlook that makes them better parents and citizens.

Thanks to such positive societal effects, many E10 clubs are subsidized by local and state governments. The feds have gotten into the act, too: The Department of Health and Human Services is now actively promoting use of E10, and recently the National Academies of Science urged a doubling of the recommended daily allowance.

Unfortunately, few Americans are heeding the message. Only 25 percent of us get enough E10, and the shortfall is now a major contributor to five of the ten leading causes of death in the United States. Encouraging Americans to get more E10, says a recent report by the Surgeon General, "is of great importance to the nation's health."

Have you guessed this vitamin's real name?

It's exercise.

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