Vitamin E is an essential vitamin for Immune System Functions and here is why.
Vitamin E is actually a group of eight fat-soluble vitamins (see more on that below). They work together to do a great many things, starting with the prevention of oxidative stress to the body (aging) through antioxidants.
However, too much vitamin E in supplements form, can lead to excessive bleeding, or hemorrhaging.
Vitamin E foods, like almonds and the ones listed below, are considered to be safe and healthy.
Foods high in vitamin E include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, avocados, shellfish, fish, plant oils, broccoli, squash, and fruits. The current Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E is 20mg.
1 oz: 7.3 mg (27% DV)
In adequate amounts, Vitamin E can help protect against cancer, heart disease, and age-related macular degeneration (eye damage).
Vitamin E deficiencies are rare, (exceptions: infants, people with fat absorption problems, those with inflammatory bowel disease).
Deficiency symptoms include:
Eating vitamin E rich foods can:
More on the eight different compounds. They work together to balance our bodies, and optimize its antioxidant functions. They are divided into two groups of molecules as follows:
Tocopherols and Tocotrienols.
Since Vitamin E supplements only have one of the eight compounds (alpha-tocopherol), synthetic supplements will not actually help the body enough.
By reading the labels, you can learn about yours.
There are other reasons not to use particular Vitamin E supplements.
A vast majority of supplements also contain other harmful ingredients, such as soy, which contains compounds harmful to the body. These include:
If you are going to buy Vitamin E supplements, I would recommend these. Because Natural Factors Farms are certified organic, they don't pollute the earth with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. They grow true species non-hybridized, non-GMO seeds, including many open-pollinated varieties.
Below is a list of most commonly bought foods high in vitamin E.
1 bunch: 6.9 mg (26% DV)
1 Tbsp: 4.2 mg (15% DV)
1 whole: 2.7 mg (10% DV)
1 ounce: 4.5 mg (17% DV)
2 Tbsp: 4.2 mg (15% DV)
1 Tbsp: 2.2 mg (11% DV)
1 cup, cubed: 2 mg (7% DV)
3 oz: 2 mg (7% DV)
1 Tbsp: 2 mg (7% DV)
Learn about the other vitamin for Immune System Functions.
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