Why is it important for the body: Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant by donating it’s own electrons to reduce oxidative damage to cells. Conditions associated with oxidative damage include aging, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lung disease and skin disorders.
Daily Recommend Allowance: 15mg
What is the highest amount you can have before starting to show signs of toxicity (tolerable upper limit)? There is a low risk of Vitamin E toxicity however at chronic high amounts (over 100mg/ day) individuals may be at risk for hemorrhaging.
Foods with the most Vitamin E:
- Wheat germ oil
- Sunflower seeds
- Sunflower oil
- Safflower oil
- Green leafy vegetables
- Whole grains
- Fortified Cereals
Symptoms of deficiency: People who are experiencing fat malapsorption are at risk for Vitamin E deficiently. Symptoms include neuromuscular degeneration (sensory loss), muscle denervation, hemolytic anemia, retinopathy.
Keep in mind: People on anticoagulant medications such as Coumadin should consult a health care professional before taking supplements of vitamin E as it can increase the risk of bleeding.