Vitamin E

The antioxidant that protects you


Vitamin E (tocopherol) is an effective antioxidant that is found in eight different forms, is central to the body's immune system, and protects against free radicals. In addition, it protects the body's polyunsaturated fats from going "rancid". This is essential, as these fats are the building blocks of the membranes that surround the body's cells. The vitamin is fat-soluble, and is therefore slowly excreted by the liver bile, while a small amount is excreted through the urine.

In case of a severe overdose, the vitamin may be fatal, among other reasons because in the elderly, it can inhibit the blood's ability to clot. Therefore, all vitamin supplements must stop before, during and after surgery. In rare cases, the diluted state of the blood can cause bleeding in the brain, and reduce the body’s resistance to infections. In mild cases, fatigue, nausea and abdominal pain may occur when the vitamin dosage is too high.

Vitamin E deficiency is seen very rarely, but can occur in people with a high intake of polyunsaturated fats in their diet. In severe cases, symptoms like balance disorders, difficulty in walking, visual disturbances and muscle fatigue can be seen in people with bowel and liver disease. Therefore, the deficiency condition can also occur in people with celiac disease or cystic fibrosis.

Get enough vitamin E through your diet:

You will find the vitamin throughout the plant kingdom in plant oils, nuts, almonds, leafy vegetables and whole grains. You can also find it in egg yolk.

Recommended daily dosage:

Women: 8 α-TE
Men: 10 α-TE
(α-TE = α-tocopherol equivalents - take together with fatty foods to dissolve the vitamin properly in the intestines)

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