Why is Vitamin E Important for Infants and Children?

ASN Webinar

Organized by ASN’s Vitamin and Mineral Research Interest Section

Thursday, June 16, 2016
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

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Amid conflicting reports about the need for vitamin E, recent merging research supports a critical role for this essential nutrient, especially during vulnerable periods of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, the first few years of life, and the elderly.  Herein, accumulating research demonstrates a role of vitamin E in neurodevelopment and cognition, as well as the development of allergic airway disease including asthma.  These are new findings for vitamin E that extend beyond its mechanistic role as an antioxidant with heart health benefits.

More specifically, research from academic institutions demonstrates a role for vitamin E in fetal development and its association with later life dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s disease.   There is also evidence for a role of different isoforms of vitamin E in the development of allergic airway disease during the prenatal and postnatal periods.  Although the prevalence of dementia, Alzheimer’s and allergic airway disease continues to rise at a global level, there are no pharmacological approaches for the management or treatment of these diseases.  This emerging research on vitamin E begs the question whether increased dietary or supplemental vitamin E has a role in the prevention of these diseases, particularly important considering that as many as 60% of Americans are not achieving the EAR for vitamin E.

This webinar aims to create awareness and inspire additional research on the role of vitamin E in neurodevelopment, cognition and allergic airway disease, especially during critical periods of the lifecycle.

By the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the role of vitamin E and its different isoforms throughout the lifecycle, particularly as it pertains to neurodevelopment, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease as well as allergic airway disease.
  • State the limitations of measuring vitamin E adequacy through measurement of blood levels alone.
  • Identify potential gaps and opportunities to advance the science, guide public policy and educate consumers on the importance of adequate vitamin E intakes during the lifecycle.


Deshanie Rai, FACN, PhD, Bayer Healthcare

Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, PhD, RD, University of Illinois at Chicago


Functional Relevance of Vitamin E during the First 1000 days and Associations with Later Life Outcomes

Maret G. Traber, PhD, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University

Vitamin E Isoforms Differentially Regulate Allergic Airway Disease:  An Update on the Emerging Research

Joan Cook-Mills, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of, Medicine, Allergy-Immunology Division