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.
- Plays a role in red blood cells and muscular and other tissues.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Helps as an antioxidant to protect cells from external influences, such as air pollution, UV radiation and free radicals.
- Seems to reduce chances of cardiovascular diseases, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
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.
- Taking vitamin E is often recommended as a means for aging.
- This vitamin is sensitive to light, oxidation and heat.
- Vitamin E and its derivatives are widely used in cosmetics.