What is Vitamin E for?
Vitamin E serves mainly to protect the cells of the body because it is an antioxidant vitamin and so it is used in anti-ageing therapies.
Vitamin E does not increase weight because it is not involved in energy metabolism. But it is found in the more fatty foods, such as vegetable oils, nuts, which are very high-calorie foods and, when consumed in excess, may favor weight gain.Vitamin E, also serves to improve the absorption of vitamin A.
In addition, vitamin E is also known as the fertility or anti-sterile vitamin and is indicated for women undergoing treatment in order to avoid miscarriages.
Vitamin E serves as an antioxidant that protects cells and is therefore important in helping to prevent diseases, such as cancer, and is especially used in skin treatments because it helps fight aging of the skin. Moreover, it also plays a crucial role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Foods Rich in Vitamin E
Foods rich in vitamin E are mostly planted foods such as whole grains, vegetable oils, and seeds. A healthy adult should ingest about 15 mg of this vitamin daily by consuming these foods rich in vitamin E.
Table of foods rich in vitamin E
|Wheat germ oil||13.6 g||26 mg|
|Sunflower seed||33 g||17 mg|
|Hazelnut||68 g||16 mg|
|Peanut||72 g||5 mg|
|Almond oil||13.6 g||5 mg|
|Chestnuts||70 g||5 mg|
|Almond||78 g||4.3 mg|
|Pistachio||64 g||3.3 mg|
Vitamin E is found in food, but it can also be found as a food supplement in pharmacies and health food stores although it is always recommended to take it in natural form.
Lack of Vitamin E
The lack of vitamin E in the body is mainly related to neurological problems like loss of reflexes, problems of balance, lack of coordination and difficulties in walking. However, the lack of vitamin E is rare and when it happens it is usually associated with intestinal malabsorption problems.
Vitamin E also plays an important role in the formation of hormones and so it is important in fertility so the lack of vitamin E may be related to infertility, difficulty in getting pregnant or even with abortion cases.
The lack of vitamin E can be treated with the consumption of foods rich in vitamin E like sunflower oil, almonds, hazelnuts or Brazil nuts but you can also use vitamin E based dietary supplements that should be advised by your doctor or nutritionist.
Newborn babies have low concentrations of vitamin E because there is little passage through the placenta but breast milk is sufficient to meet these needs.