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Vitamin E & Urine Smell

By Jackie Carmichael

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is present naturally in many foods. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that may help prevent heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and complications from diabetes. The vitamin also helps promote eye health and is important for the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin E is typically not linked with urine, though certain foods containing vitamin E and medical conditions associated with a chronic deficiency may affect urine smell.

Daily Intake

The recommended daily allowance of vitamin E for males and females 14 and older is 15 mg -- 22.4 IU -- , according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. Wheat germ is the richest source of vitamin E, though it is also plentiful in liver, eggs, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and walnuts, spinach, kale, asparagus, sweet potatoes and avocado. There has been no evidence of negative effects from dietary sources, but too much vitamin E through supplements may cause hemorrhage and bleeding disorders. Always talk to your doctor before taking a supplement.

Urine odor

The smell of your urine depends on its concentration and the foods and medicines you consume. For example, urine that is not diluted but very concentrated may have a strong ammonia smell. In addition, a food like asparagus -- which is a source of vitamin E -- may affect urine smell. Medical conditions that can impact the smell of urine include complications from diabetes or a kidney illness or infection, which are conditions that may be impacted by chronically low levels of vitamin E.

Kidney Problems

A deficiency of vitamin E is rare but may be present in people with fat-malabsorption issues. If you have a chronic deficiency, this may contribute to kidney problems, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A problem with your kidneys may cause a urine smell that is foul or abnormal.


Diabetics often have low antioxidant levels, which may explain the increased risk of health problems. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin E supplementation might protect diabetics from kidney damage, which can contribute to an abnormal urine smell. Further research is necessary to determine whether vitamin E really helps people with diabetes.

See Your Doctor

If you are concerned about the smell of your urine, see your doctor. A foul odor can be caused by a number of health conditions, including a urinary tract infection. Your doctor can tell you if the smell of your urine is in any way linked to vitamin E.

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