Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, composed of compounds called tocopherols. The most important of these is alpha-tocopherol. Vitamin E is an active antioxidant, prevents or inhibits oxidation of MACH compounds.
Translated literally from Greek vitamin E means “fertility” (from tokos – offspring and ferro – wear).
Vitamin E has the ability to bind free radicals and to remove them. Free radicals destroy the cell membrane and are the cause of many serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and others. Vitamin E increases the resistance of the body to these diseases.
A list of Foods high in vitamin E:
- Nuts are excellent sources of vitamin E. Walnuts, almonds, peanuts and all other nuts are foods high in vitamin E
- Vegetable oils are foods high in vitamin E. Examples are corn, sunflower, soybean, olive oil
- The seeds are also rich in vitamin E. Sunflower seeds are really rich in vitamin E – only 30 grams sunflower seeds a day would be sufficient to cover the needs of the body.
- Other sources of Vitamin E are whole grains, leafy vegetables, green beans, peas, lettuce, tomato paste, eggplant, carrots.
- Some fruits also contain vitamin E – blueberries, blackberries, avocado.
- Fish and Shellfish are also foods with vitamin E
Foods low in vitamin E are products of animal origin
Vitamin E is known as the guardian of the youth, as it improves blood circulation, maintains healthy nerves and muscles. Moreover, it nourishes the skin, hair and nails. Combines well with vitamin A and other fat-soluble substances. Vitamin E helps our immune system to overcome infectious diseases.
Vitamin E is stored in the liver, adipose tissue, heart, muscle, testis, uterus, blood, adrenal, and pituitary gland.Unlike other fat-soluble vitamins, vitamin E is stored in the body in a relatively short time.
Vitamin E is widely used in sunscreen, moisturizing creams and preparations against skin aging.