Eating the rainbow | why we should be getting Vitamin E
Vitamin E helps maintain healthy skin and eyes, and strengthens the body’s immune system. n the body, vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. It also helps to widen blood vessels and keeps blood from clotting with harmful bacteria and viruses. It is therefore an important Vitamin to be including in your diet. It can be obtained through a healthy balanced diet, and can be stored in the body until needed, meaning you should not need supplementation. Typically adult men need 4 mg a day and adult women need 3mg a day.
Vitamin E is found in the following foods:
- plant oils – such as soya, corn and olive oil
- nuts and seeds
- wheatgerm – found in cereals and cereal products
- some green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach
Any vitamin E your body doesn’t need immediately is stored for future use, so you don’t need it in your diet every day.