Vitamin E

What is Vitamin E’s role in the body?

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that performs many functions. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which protects body tissue from damage. It is also essential in helping to keep the immune system strong against viruses and bacteria. Vitamin E is important in the formation of red blood cells and helps keep blood from clotting and it also helps in the process of wound healing. Vitamin E also works to protect cell structure.

The best way to get the daily requirement of vitamin E is by eating foods containing it. These food sources include:

  • Nuts (such as almonds, peanuts, and hazelnuts/filberts)
  • Seeds (such as sunflower seeds)
  • Green leafy vegetables (such as spinach and broccoli)
  • Vegetable oils (such as wheat germ, sunflower, safflower, corn, and soybean oils)
  • Some fruits, such as mango and kiwi
  • Beef and egg yolk
  • Fortified breakfast cereals, fruit juices, margarine, and spreads

The recommended daily amount for adults is 15mg.

Vitamin E is often used to support patients with heart disease, cancer, cataracts, and AIDS.

Information adapted from medlineplus.gov

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