Vitamin E is a major antioxidant nutrient. Some other well known antioxidants include vitamin C and beta-carotene. An antioxidant helps the body deal with unstable chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals are produced by the body when food is converted into energy and will build up in the body over time. They increase the potential for damage to the body cells (a process called oxidative stress) which is associated with the aging process and a general decline in the central nervous system and the immune system. They are also thought to contribute to the development of various health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and inflammation conditions for example arthritis. Furthermore antioxidants can help to prevent the conversion of nitrates found in tobacco smoke, bacon, and some vegetables into cancer-causing substances.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. A fat-soluble vitamin dissolves and remains in the fatty tissues of the body, reducing the need to ingest large quantities. As such symptoms from a defiency in fat-soluble vitamins may not be apparent for years. They should not be consumed in excess unless under strict medical supervision since toxic reactions from fat-soluble vitamins occur at a smaller percentage of the RDA than water-soluble vitamins.
Vitamin E RDA
children 1-3 yrs 6 mg
children 4-8 yrs 7 mg
children 9-13 yrs 11 mg
Males 14-70+ yrs 15 mg
Females 14-70+ yrs 15 mg
Pregnancy 19-50 yrs 15 mg
Lactation 19-50 yrs 19 mg
For further information on nutrients RDA see our complete list for recommended dietary allowance.
Good sources of Vitamin E (Tocopherol) are:nuts, oils, spinach, sunflower seeds, whole grains,
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Importance of Vitamin E (Tocopherol)major antioxidant nutrient
retards cellular aging due to oxidation
aids supply of oxygen to the blood alleviating fatigue
helps to bring nourishment to cells
strengthens capillary walls
protects red blood cells from destructive poisons
prevents and dissolves blood clots
promotes a healthy heart
Deficiency of Vitamin E (Tocopherol) may cause:
rupture of red blood cells
loss of reproductive powers
lack of sexual vitality
abnormal fat deposits in muscles
degenerative changes in the changes in heart and other muscles