Vitamin E is an essential antioxidant that protects body tissue from the damage of harmful free radicals. The term “vitamin E” actually represents a group of fat-soluble substances that work as antioxidants in the body.
The body also needs vitamin E to help maintain a healthy immune system and facilitate cell interactions and metabolism.
Vitamin E is found naturally in some foods and is added to others. You can find vitamin E in the following foods:
- Vegetable oils (such as sunflower, safflower, corn, and soybean oils)
- Nuts (such as almonds, peanuts, and hazelnuts)
- Seeds (such as sunflower seeds)
- Green leafy vegetables (such as spinach and broccoli)
- Fortified foods like: breakfast cereals, fruit juices, margarine, and spreads.
Vitamin E deficiency can affect the nervous system and the eyes. Vitamin E deficiency is rare, but it can develop in people who can’t absorb fat normally. This is because vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and needs dietary fat to be absorbed.
Geritol® multivitamin contains 30 I.U. of vitamin E, or 100% of the RDA.
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