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international units, a unit of measurement that evaluates the potency of a substance. Because it measures potency instead of quantity, there is a different international unit-to-mg conversion ratio for each particular substance.
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If a person is severely deficient in Vitamin D3 (less than 10 nmol/litre), he would need 2,000 International Units of supplements per day.
Doses of 400 international units per day or lower did not reduce the risk of either fracture type.
A Harvard study reported that intake of 300 international units of Vitamin E "restored good vascular function in heart patients in a month.
The daily dose in the study was 400 international units of alpha-tocopherol vitamin E, the form most active in people.
Cornell cited among other research the Cambridge Heart Antioxidant Study which found that daily supplements of 400 and 800 international units of Vitamin E reduced heart disease risk by 50 percent among more than 2,000 patients with cardiovascular disease.
Currently, Placemark is in active discussions with units of several top-25 international private banks as well as the international units of existing US-based client banks.
In the new work, researchers gave 617 nursing home residents in the Boston area a daily multivitamin plus a capsule that contained either 200 international units (IU) of vitamin E or inert ingredients.
The Cornell report also noted an eight-year study of almost 90,000 healthy women, the Nurses' Health Study, that found those with the highest Vitamin E intake had a 40 percent lower risk of heart disease than those with the lowest intake, only about 3 international units daily.
The Daily Value for vitamin D is 400 International Units (IU).
For vitamin E, which acts as a potent anti-oxidant that may counter atherosclerosis, carcinogenic assaults on cells, cataracts, macular degeneration and premature aging of cells throughout the body, he suggests a dose of 100 to 400 International Units daily.
FiberChoice plus Calcium chewable tablets offer the same 4 gram dose of fiber as the current FiberChoice products, plus 500 mg of calcium and 200 international units of Vitamin D.
In the United States, the average, daily intake of vitamin A through food--especially fish, eggs, and meat--is roughly 2,600 international units (I.

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