What is vitamin E?
Vitamin E is liposoluble (soluble in fat) vitamin, which, like other vitamins, is needed for proper growth, development and proper functioning of all our organs.
Functions in the human body
- Participates in the production of red blood cells
- Helps the body to better use vitamin K
- Has antioxidant function and protects cells and tissues from damage caused by free radicals
- Improves the work of our immune system
Symptoms of deficiency
Symptoms of vitamin E deficiency include: haemolytic anemia, weight loss, developmental delay, dry hair, gastrointestinal problems, muscle weakness, leg cramps…
Symptoms of an overdose
Supplementation with mega-doses of vitamin E may increase the risk of internal bleeding, and dangerous brain bleeding can occur. Also, high doses of vitamin E may increase the risk of birth defects in the fetus.
In what quantities do we need vitamin E?
|Infants||0-6 months, 4mg/day||7-12 months, 5mg/day|
|Children||1-3 years, 6mg/day||4-8 years, 7mg/day||9-13 years, 11mg/day|
|Adolescents and adults||Boys and girls > 13 years, 15mg/day||Pregnant, 15mg/day||Breastfeeding 19mg/day|
Which food is the best source of vitamin E (the values for the amount of vitamin E are given for 100g of the listed product.)
|Sunflower seeds||33,2 mg|
|Sunflower seed oil||4,1 mg|