VITAMIN E – RDA 30 IU
An anti-oxidant which protects cell membranes Vitamin E also helps promote healthy circulation, promotes red blood cells and is believed to act as a protector against environmental pollutants. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin which means the body can store it.
Also known as Tocopherol
Essential for the normal functioning of the body
Good sources of vitamin E are vegetable oils, whole grains, peanut butter, nuts, avocado, mayonnaise, margarine and sweet potato
Vitamin E is helpful in promoting normal neurological function in humans. It is also a potent antioxidant, and protects the body against the type of cellular damage that causes cancer and heart disease. Vitamin E helps reverse the aging process by preventing harmful oxidants in the body which promote signs of aging. Vitamin E can also help arthritis patients because it can relieve pain and stiffness in the joints because of it’s oily base. Taking a vitamin E supplement if you have arthritis can greatly reduce pain and improve mobility. Vitamin E has also been known to prevent blood clots which can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. It may improve immunity and the body’s ability to fight off infections. It can also prevent extreme leg cramps (known as Charlie horses) due to poor blood circulation. Studies have also been made that have proven people who work out get more benefit when taking vitamin E supplements. The vitamin E reduces cell damage and inflammation which is what causes the muscles to become sore and allows people to work out harder without experiencing as much pain.
Becoming vitamin E deficient is rare (since it is stored in the body) but signs you might be include:
May be present in some very underweight new born baby’s