Vitamin E

Our vitamin E or tocopherol as an antioxidant vitamin. Dose: 12mg per day

Scientific evidence

A vitamin E deficiency is very rare and only appears after several years of no intake. It results in pain and burning sensations in the hands and feet. It can be seen in persons with chronic intestinal diseases or certain genetic diseases. As it is a fat-soluble vitamin, the body can store it in the adipose tissue. This means that an overdose is possible. Vitamin E can cause haemorrhaging in too high doses. The relevant authorities recommend not exceeding consumption of 62 mg of vitamin E per day for adults. In the body, it acts in synergy with vitamin C, selenium and zinc, other powerful antioxidants. The recommended daily dose is 12 UI per day (12 mg) in adults.

Good for

Antioxidant properties

Found in

Vegetable oils (rapeseed, wheatgerm, sunflower, olive, argan), green leafy vegetables (cabbage, spinach, lamb's lettuce), nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds), grains and the fat of meat and fish.

Benefits

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. It helps to protect DNA, proteins and lipids against oxidative damage.

Science in numbers

Alternative name

Tocopherol

Number of studies

67

Discovered in

1922