Vitamin E Facts

What is Vitamin E?

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cells membranes from damage. It is particularly important for cells that carry oxygen like the cells of lungs and red blood cells. Vitamin E also has a role in immune function, DNA repair, and other metabolic processes

Vitamin E requirements

The RDA for vitamin E for adults is 15mg/day. The upper tolerable intake level (UL) for vitamin E is set at 1,000 mg a day. The UL applies only to supplements.

What happens when Vitamin E intake is too high?

Excess vitamin E from the diet is never a problem. Prolonged use of supplements in excess of the upper tolerable intake level can produce blurred vision, fatigue, and gastrointestinal distress. High supplemental doses can prolong bleeding.

What happens when Vitamin E intake is too low?

Vitamin E deficiency is almost unknown in healthy adults because Vitamin E is stored and recycled in the body. Vitamin E deficiency can accompany diseases of the intestinal track where fat is poorly absorbed.

Which foods are high in Vitamin E?

Fortified ready-to-eat cereals, polyunsaturated plant oils (margarine, salad dressing, etc.), seeds, nuts, peanut butter, wheat germ, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables (like spinach, etc.), and tomato sauce.
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