Vitamin E

Also known as tocopherol, this is a fat soluble vitamin.

Functions

  • Anti clotting property (protects Red Blood Cell membrane from cell damage).
  • Support the immune system and the lungs; needed for a range of cellular functions.
  • Antioxidant.
  • Reduces the risk of cardio vascular disease.
  • Provides relief from menstrual disorders.
  • Protects against neurological disorders.
  • Helps maintain the biological activity of vitamin A.
  • Helps in the prevention of miscarriages.
  • May reduce risk of certain cancers and prevent/delay cataracts.

Sources

  • Vegetable and seed oil (wheat germ oil, walnut oil, soyabean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, etc.)
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Wheat germ
  • Butter
  • Egg yolk
  • Margarine
  • Liver
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Soya bean
  • Broccoli

Deficiency

  • Any deficiency disorder due to lack of vitamin E has not been established.

Toxicity

  • Not stored readily and excess is eliminated in the urine, hence toxicity is unlikely.

Recommended dietary allowances