Vitamin E - Functions, Sources, and Deficiency of Vitamin E

Vitamin E: Functions, Sources, and Deficiency of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is also known as Tocopherol. It is an antioxidant vitamin. It protects our cells from damage. Vitamin E is also called as an anti-fertility vitamin. It plays an important role as an antioxidant in female reproductive health. It is a fat-soluble vitamin.

Sources of Vitamin E

It is found in a wide variety of foods. Plant sources such as wheat, rice bran, barley, oats, coconut, palm, walnut, hazelnut maize, corn, Amarnath, mango, pumpkin, safflower, etc. Leafy vegetables, spinach, broccoli, grapes, Almond, palm oil, sunflower oil, Wheat germ, soybean oil, etc are rich sources of Vitamin E.

Animal sources such as egg, milk has less amount of vitamin E, and Mother's milk is sufficient in vitamin E for infants rather than cow's milk. 

Deficiency disease of vitamin E

  • Difficulty in walking 
  • Visual disturbance 
  • Muscle pain or weakness 
  • Variety types of skin problems

Benefits of vitamin E

  • Vitamin E oil is derived from Vitamin E and can be applied directly to the skin or added creams. 
  • It is an essential ingredient in many skin care products especially that claim to have pimples, antiageing, and scars. 
  • Vitamin E can prevent the formation of sunburn. 
  • Vitamin E prevents the dryness and flaking associated with eczema. 
  • It is found in many moisturizers to heal dry skin. 
  • It also helps in proper growth of nail and hair.

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