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Vitamin E

What is it?

Small amounts of this vitamin are needed to stay healthy. In fact, vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin – so fat helps it get absorbed through the gut. And any excess can even be stored in your fatty tissue and liver until you need it. You don’t always need to have fat-soluble vitamins as often as water-soluble vitamins – but it’s still important to get enough of them.

 

What does it do?

Vitamin E is a vital nutrient that supports your immune system – maintaining healthy skin and eyes, and playing an important role in the formation of red blood cells. It also acts as an antioxidant – helping protect your cells against oxidative damage. Thanks vitamin E!

Good sources of vitamin E

This helpful nutrient can be found in all sorts of foods. Some of the richest sources include plant oils (we’re talking sunflower, rapeseed, vegetable, soya, corn and olive), as well as nuts, seeds and wheatgerm found in cereals and cereal products. Small amounts of vitamin E can also be found in meat, poultry and dairy products.

The recommend amount of vitamin E is: 4mg per day for males & 3mg per day for females