The Benefits of Vitamin E

Published April 13, 2021

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What is Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential nutrient to ensure good overall functioning of organs in the body.

Occurring in eight different forms, the most common form of vitamin E found in foods and supplements are d-alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver and fat tissue when not in use.

What are the benefits of vitamin E

In particular, the vitamin E benefits for our skin are such that vitamin E plays a key role in protecting our skin against UV radiation and other free radicals that the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) may come into contact with. Though both vitamin E and vitamin C may be required to increase photoprotection (the biochemical process that protects your skin from sunlight). Topical vitamin E has shown to be effective in providing photoprotection.

Vitamin E benefits also include eye health and keeping the immune system functioning properly. Vitamin E can boost the immune system and fight off harmful bacteria and viruses.

Additional vitamin E benefits are its antioxidant status and therefore, the capacity to fight free radicals in the body.

How much vitamin E do you need

How much vitamin E each person needs will depend on gender and age.

The following table outlines the recommended amount for different life stages.

Life Stage Recommended Amount
Birth – 6 months 4 mg
Infants 7 – 12 months 5 mg
Children 1 – 3 years 5 mg
Children 4 – 8 years 6 mg
Children 9 – 13 years Girls – 8 mg, Boys – 9 mg
Teens 14 – 18 years 10 mg
Adults 10 mg
Pregnant teenagers and women 11 mg
Breastfeeding teenagers and women 12 mg

 

It is uncommon for people to require Vitamin E supplements and can be harmful if taken in large doses, particularly for people who are on blood thinners such as warfarin and some cholesterol medication.

What foods contain vitamin E

Vitamin E is found in found naturally in plant-based oils, including canola, corn, sunflower and soybean. Vitamin E foods include nuts (almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts) and seeds (particularly sunflower seeds) and fortified cereals. Other vitamin E sources include meat, fish, dairy foods and green leafy vegetables.

In terms of how much each vitamin E source provides 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil contains 20mg of vitamin E, 30g sunflower seeds have about 7.5 mg of vitamin E, 30g (about 20 almonds) will typically offer around 7mg of vitamin E, while one tablespoon of sunflower oil contains about 5.5mg of the vitamin E.

Consequences of vitamin E deficiency

It is not common for healthy people to have Vitamin E deficiency. Usually, Vitamin E deficiency is linked to conditions where fat is not absorbed or digested properly because vitamin E requires fat to be absorbed.

Vitamin E deficiency can cause damage to nerve and muscles damage resulting in loss of control over body movements and lost feeling in the arms and legs, muscle weakness, and problems with vision. Having a weakened immune system is another sign of Vitamin E deficiency.

There is little evidence that a deficiency in vitamin E may affect skin health. Studies in rats show that a vitamin E deficiency can cause skin ulcerations and change the cross-linking in skin collagen but it is unknown why this occurred.

How can Nature’s Own help

If you feel that vitamin E may be beneficial for you, please consult your GP first.

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