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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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  • 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.

  • Thank you all for the suggestions. It is very much appreciated.

  • Hi Bobbiejo

    I would never take any fat soluble vitamins along with transplant medication as the fat soluble vitamins might decrease its effectiveness.

    Personally, I take my calcium, vitamin D and magnesium two hours after taking my transplant medications.

    I once read it is best to take Zinc away from other vitamins but not sure if this is true. I take Zinc once per day usually either in the morning or evening.

    I always take vitamin D in the morning or afternoon and never in the evening because it can be to energizing and can negatively impact sleep.

  • What you might do is to Google to see if they can tell you. I can find out a lot of medication and it's effects on our immunosuppressants just by doing this. If you do look on Google, it will take you to such sites as WebMD, which will let you know side effects as well as drug interactions. Since we don't know what drugs you do take, I would recommend that you give this a try. Good luck!

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