Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin E
Everything you need to know about vitamin E
Vitamin E is everywhere! It is rare to be deficient in Vitamin E as it can be found from the food you eat to the skincare products you use. Though it exists in eight chemical forms (alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienol) (2), only alpha-tocopherol is needed by your body.
Where Can You Find Vitamin E?
Vitamin E can be found in extra virgin olive oil and other vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, milk products, and fortified cereals. Next time when you are eating a salad, feel free to throw in some extra virgin olive oil, nuts, and seeds for extra flavor and crunch. Other than foods, Vitamin E is also offered as a supplement. The recommended daily intake of Vitamin E for women and men over 14 years of age is 15 mg, but this number varies depending on your age and body needs.
Why Should You Consume Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is fat-soluble, meaning that when you consume it, your body stores it and uses it when needed. Vitamin E helps enhance “Immune function and prevents clots from forming in heart arteries” (1). It also acts as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory in your body to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals age and break down your healthy cells which can lead to chronic diseases. Studies are still currently being done on the impacts of Vitamin E on heart disease, eye disorder, cancer, and cognitive decline.
Vitamin E And Beauty
Vitamin E has been used in the beauty industry for over 50 years, from hair care to skincare. Using Vitamins C and E together can provide protection against UV radiation and other free radicals that may come in contact with the epidermis, thus can help prevent and slow down signs of aging and wrinkles (3).
If you’re interested in adding extra virgin olive oil to your beauty routine check out our beauty post complete with three do-it-yourself face mask recipes!
Written by Mandy Zhen
Reviewed by Kelly Powers, MA, RDN, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who takes a holistic approach to nutrition and health. Kelly is a recipe developer with a food blog highlighting whole foods, simple recipes, and her life in San Francisco. She’s the creator of 52 Weeks, a weekly meal plan program that helps users get back in the kitchen and feed themselves well. Kelly is also a co-founder of Olivaio.