What is vitamin E?
Although a vitamin by name, vitamin E is actually made up of multiple compounds called tocotrienols and tocopherols, rather than just one single vitamin. These fat soluble compounds support a number of functions within the body, including hair, skin and eye health as well as boosting the immune system.
Read on to learn about the health benefits of vitamin E.
Vitamin E is suggested ass one of the most effective nutrients for supporting the immune system, due to its antioxidant activity. Although very rare, a vitamin E deficiency may affect the normal function of the immune system and it is suggested that supplementing with the nutrient may enhance the immune system and reduce risk of infection.
The antioxidant action of vitamin E has a variety of benefits on the body. This antioxidant action can protect the body from molecules that weaken and break down healthy cells, called free radicals. It is suggested that vitamin E may reduce the damage caused by free radicals and slow the ageing process of cells, which may contribute towards healthy skin, hair and eyes. A study of participants suffering with hair loss found that supplementing with vitamin E increased the amount of hair in those taking the supplement, vs those taking a placebo.
Where can I get vitamin E?
Vitamin E can be found in many foods, such as sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, red peppers and avocado. You could also try taking vitamin E as a supplement, such as our Vitamin E.
How much vitamin E do I need?
The recommended dietary allowance for vitamin E varies depending on age and need, however it is approximately 15mg for people over the age of 14 and a little more for those that are breastfeeding – the RDA for lactating women is 19mg.