Vitamins and why we need them
Vitamin E RDA 15-22iu.
Vitamin E is the collective name for a set of eight related tocopherols and tocotrienols, which are fat-soluble vitamins with antioxidant properties.
One of the primary biological functions of vitamin E relates to its role as an antioxidant. Antioxidants such as vitamin E act to protect the cells against the effects of free radicals which are potentially damaging by-products of energy metabolism. Free radicals can damage cells and may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Vitamin E has also been shown to play a role in immune function, DNA repair and other metabolic processes.
Vitamin E also helps prevent oxidative stress by working together with a group of nutrients that prevent oxygen molecules from becoming too reactive. This group of nutrients includes vitamin C, glutathione, selenium and vitamin B3.
Vitamin E is also a blood vessel dilator and improves cell respiration.
Lack of vitality - lethargy - apathy - lack of concentration - irritability - decreased sexual interest - muscle weakness - fatigue - premature ageing - circulatory disorders - varicose veins - thrombophlebitis - claudication - kidney inflammation - degeneration of the sex glands - slow healing of wounds - cramps.Excess vitamin E
Because of recent findings, RDA above 200iu for vitamin E is not recommended.Best food sources
Wheat germ, sunflower, safflower and peanut oils - soya beans - eggs.