Vitamin E has several important functions. For example, it acts as an antioxidant, which protects cell membranes. This helps to maintain healthy skin, eyes and strengthens the immune system. It is also believed to help the immune system to fight viruses and bacteria. Vitamin E also plays a role in the formation of red blood cells which help to delivery oxygen to different parts of the body.
Vitamin E can be obtained naturally from a variety of food sources including nuts (e.g. almonds, peanuts, and hazelnuts/filberts), leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach and broccoli), seeds (e.g. Sunflower seeds) and vegetable oils (e.g. Wheat Germ, Sunflower, safflower, corn and soybean).
Vitamin E deficiency can result in nerve or muscle damage. It can result in a loss of feeling in the arms and legs. A weak immune system can also be indicative of low levels of Vitamin E but a blood test would be needed to confirm this.
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All you need to know about Vitamin E
What are Tocopherols?
These are an organic source of Vitamin E. There are eight types of tocopherols but traditionally it is Alpha-Tocopherols that are most commonly used in Vitamin E supplements because they tend to contain the highest levels of Vitamin E.
Will Vitamin E improve my skin and hair?
Vitamin E could help the anti-ageing process. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and so it would neutralise free radicals in the body. Free radicals can cause damage to the skin which could speed up the ageing process. By the same token, Vitamin E helps improve the health of the scalp which in turn can allow healthy hair to grow.
Can I overdose on Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is fat soluble. This means that your body can store it and use it whenever and wherever in the body it is needed. This also means that it is possible to take too much Vitamin E.
Typically, it is recommended to not take more than Vitamin E per day.
If you were to overdose on Vitamin E you may experience nausea or muscle weakness.
Where can I read more about Vitamin E and its uses or benefits?