Nutrient Find Project

Vitamin E ( aka: Alpha- tocopherol; Gamma- tocopherol)

Function

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects the body from damage by substances called free radicals, which can harm cells, tissues, and organs. It also keeps the immune system strong against viruses and bacteria.

Where can you get it?

Vitamin E is most commonly found in:

- Nuts (peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds)

-Vegetable oils ( sunflower, safflower, soybean, corn, wheat germ)

-Green Leafy Vegetables (broccoli, spinach)

-Seeds ( sunflower seeds)

-Fortified Breakfast Cereal ( check nutrition label)

Can this vitamin be harmful?

If the vitamin is naturally consumed, no. But if a person uses supplements at a high dosage, there is a higher possibility of serious side effects.

These side effects may include:

-Bleeding of the brain

-Increased risk of birth defects

But what happens if I don't have enough Vitamin E

Since this vitamin is vital to development, without it or at low levels, you may experience: -nerve/ muscle damage

-weakened immune system

-loss of body movement control

-vision problems

- muscle weakness