is a fat-soluble vitamin that has strong antioxidant properties. One of its primary tasks is to prevent oxidation, a chemical reaction that can cause illness, disease, and other harmful effects. Vitamin E also plays a major role in maintaining proper functioning of the muscles and nerves, it helps in the formation of red blood cells, and it assists in the utilization of vitamin K.
Recent studies show that vitamin E is a major factor in preventing heart problems by helping stop oxidation of cholesterol in the arteries. It appears to protect against certain cancers, provide relief of fibrocystic breast disease and PMS, and help maintain metabolic control in diabetes.
Good Food Sources:
Avocados, whole-grain cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, poultry, eggs, seafood, seeds, nuts, wheat germ, asparagus, and various oils (sunflower, almond, wheat germ, and hazelnut). Most people do not get a sufficient amount of vitamin E from their diets.
Signs of Deficiency:
Signs of vitamin E deficiency include dry skin, lethargy, inability to concentrate, staggering gait, loss of balance, and anemia. People most likely to experience symptoms of vitamin E deficiency are the elderly, people with chronic liver disease, and those on very low-fat diets.
Uses of Vitamin E: Vitamin E is used to treat acne, Alzheimer's disease, arteriosclerosis , bronchitis , cancer, cataracts, constipation, diabetes, fibrocystic breast disease, gallstones, gingivitis, heart attack and cardiovascular disease, hemorrhoids, infertility, irritable bowel syndrome, macular degeneration , menopausal complaints, Parkinson's disease, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcers