Vitamin E is one of the anti-oxidant vitamins (along with C and B3). It protects cells against oxidative damage.
Because sufficient amounts of Vitamin E are easily obtained from foods, true deficiency is rare but is sometimes seen in people with certain genetic disorders and in very low-weight premature infants.
Healthy adolescents, men and women need about 22.5 IU of Vitamin E daily, while lactating women need about 28.5 IU and children require amounts ranging from 6 – 16.5 IU.
The best food sources of Vitamin E are green such as spinach and Swiss chard. Sunflower seeds, almonds, bell peppers and asparagus are also very good sources.
Toxicity is also rarely seen but is a concern with people who are on Vitamin K supplements.
Vitamin E can interact with a number of other supplements and medications, including:
- epilepsy medications
Please consult an MD, ND or pharmacist before taking a Vitamin E supplement if you are on any of these medications.