The current situation with respect to vitamin E is quite comparable to that which prevailed in 1959 when the Food and Drug Administration declared vitamin E essential for man but noted that diets in this country are amply supplied with the vitamin. On the basis of currently available evidence, the Committee concludes that premature and full-term infants receiving human milk on formulas of cow milk do not require supplementary administration of vitamin E except, possibly, when dietary intake of fat is markedly reduced, as is sometimes practiced in feeding premature infants.
It seems desirable to provide dietary supplements of vitamin E to patients with prolonged steatorrhea from any cause. Relatively large doses may be required to maintain normal plasma concentrations.
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