Vitamin E plays a role in the creation of red blood cells and the maintenance of muscular and other tissues. It is also important for the immune system and regulates metabolism in the cell. Vitamin E is an antioxidant: it protects the cells in the body from free radicals. Free radicals play a role in aging processes.
Vitamin E is found in vegetable oils and vegetable products, such as cereals, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits. Animal products contain relatively little vitamin E.
Shortages of vitamin E are very rare. Only very severe disorders in the uptake of nutrients can cause a lack of this vitamin. Serious vitamin E shortage can lead to anemia, neurological symptoms and muscle weakness.
Too much vitamin E is not harmful. Only blood clotting and treatment with blood thinners can be affected.