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Vitamins information

Details about vitamins:
- Description
- Functions
- Deficiency impact
- Food stuffs containing the vitamin
- The vitamin as a supplement
- Interactions with medication, other vitamins and minerals
- Warnings on over dose and deficiency of vitamins

Check out our vitamin informational pages:                      Dietary Supplement Ingredient UI to mg conversion

The contents of three ingredients (Vitamin A, D, and E) are expressed as International Units (IU) on dietary supplement and food labels. Guidelines for converting units of IU to mg are given below.

For these calculations, the formulas are:

• To convert Vitamin A as retinol:
      From IU to mcg:  IU * 0.3 = mcg
      For example: 5000 IU * 0.3 = 1500 mcg
      From mcg to IU: mcg / 0.3 = IU

• To convert Vitamin A as beta-carotene:
      From IU to mcg:  IU * 0.6 = mcg
      For example: 5000 IU * 0.6 = 3000 mcg
      From mcg to IU: mcg / 0.6 = IU


• To convert Vitamin D:
      From IU to mcg: IU * 0.025 = mcg
      For example: 400 IU * 0.025 = 10 mcg
      From mcg to IU: mcg / 0.025 =IU


• To convert Vitamin E if the product label has DL-Alpha-tocopherol as the ingredient:
      From IU to mg: IU * 0.9 = mg
      For example:  30 IU * 0.9 = 27 mg
      From mg to IU: mg / 0.9 = IU

• To convert Vitamin E if the product label has D-Alpha-tocopherol as the ingredient:
      From IU to mg: IU * 0.67 = mg.
      For example: 30 IU * 0.67 = 20.1 mg
      From mg to IU: mg / 0.67 = IU