Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from oxidative stress. Find out more about the sources and benefits below.
What are the Benefits of Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is one of four lipid-soluble (fat-soluble) vitamins (vitamin A, E, D and K). These vitamins are stored in the liver and fatty tissues for future use. This vitamin also functions as an antioxidant that protects cells from oxidative stress. In addition, some people combine vitamins E and C as vitamin C helps regenerate the reduced form of vitamin E.
Recent research suggests that these antioxidant properties can override harmful molecules referred to as free radicals. These free radicals are produced within our cells, which may lead to tissue damage.
What foods have vitamin E?
Vitamin E is found in many foods, including certain oils, nuts, poultry, eggs, fruits, and wheat germ oil. Significant amounts can also be found in green leafy vegetables and fortified cereals.
How much vitamin E do you need?
The recommended EU Nutritional Reference Value for healthy men and women is 12mg per day. You should get all the vitamin E you need from the foods you eat, but you can also top up with a supplement.
What forms is Vitamin E available in?
As well as in everyday food sources, vitamin E is available in many forms as a food supplement, such as tablets, capsules, and liquids. It can also be found in topical ointments. It is best to store vitamin E supplements in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight.4
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