Vitamin E is an important antioxidant and fat soluble vitamin. It plays a role in cell growth and supplying them with oxygen. It also plays a part in the synthesis of proteins and hemoglobin. Through its antioxidant properties, vitamin E prevents the development of atherosclerosis.
It has been widely used in recent years as a prophylactic against cardiovascular diseases. It expands the blood vessels and improves blood circulation. According to some studies, Vitamin E lowers the risk of skin cancer and prostate cancer. It also reduces signs of scarring and aids in faster wound healing.
"Tocopherol" from Greek means the vitamin of fertility, it is vitamin E's other name.
As a food additive, vitamin E is labeled as Е307, Е308 and Е309 on packages. It is exceptionally beneficial for athletes since it strengthens the muscles.
If you overdose with vitamin E, this can lead to nausea, diarrhea or high blood pressure.
Foods rich in vitamin E
Animal products are poor in vitamin E. The products richest in vitamin E are vegetable oils such as cottonseed, sunflower, corn and wheat germ. Other food products containing notable quantities of vitamin E are: salads, peas, green beans, parsley, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, turnips, kiwi, olives, oats, rye, nuts, corn germ and all kinds of wheat germ, eggs, milk, livers and more.
A deficiency of vitamin E can lead to:
- anemia - faintness, weak concentration, discomfort or suffocation when exerting yourself;
- premature skin aging;
- infectious diseases;
- muscular dystrophy;
- risk of cardiovascular diseases;
- liver necrosis;
- reproductive problems and infertility.
Just like all other vitamins, Vitamin E too plays an important role in human body development, no matter the person's age. Try to provide your body with vitamins from fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Heat treatment is the greatest enemy of vitamins. Don't forget that vitamins are found in fish and meat as well!