Because vitamin E cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained through food or supplements, it is one of several elements referred to as an essential nutrient to the normal functioning of the human body. It is fat-soluble, meaning that it is dissolved in fat and able to be stored in the liver and fatty tissues of the body.
Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oils, several nuts, kiwi, mango, peanut butter, seeds, and leafy green vegetables. Although you can usually get most of the vitamin E you need from a balanced diet, there are situations in which a supplement may help prevent or treat certain illnesses. Adults and children with malabsorption, such as Chron’s disease or ulcerative colitis, need to pay attention to supplemental vitamin E intake. In these and similar intestinal diseases, vitamin E cannot be absorbed adequately.
Vitamin E plays a central role to the normal functioning of the human body and especially as an antioxidant. It protects the cells from free radical damage by neutralizing them, so that they cannot damage the cells at the genetic level.
Following beneficial effects are claimed by the “European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)”:
Vitamin E contributes to:
- the protection of cells from oxidative stres
Risk reduction and children claims:
In addition to health claims, EFSA also publishes tested and scientifically proven effects of risk reduction of diseases, as well as claims on children’s development and health. The following risk reduction is considered proven:
- Vitamin E protects DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage.
As Vitamin E is really so essential for healthy cells, we have included this vitamin in our Multivitamin & Minerals Plus tablets.