Is Vitamin E an Antioxidant?

Author: Staff Writer

Vitamin E IS an antioxidant.  

More Info: Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that protects many of the body's essential systems by protecting cell membranes from free radicals.

Vitamin E Is a Powerful Antioxidant 

Vitamin E is an antioxidant capable of reducing the effect of free radicals on the protective coverings of cells. It also protects other vitamins and essential fatty acids so that the body can make proper use of them. Vitamin E is essential for protecting our red blood cells. It is not water-soluble, and so any excess of the vitamin is stored in the livers to be used later. For this reason, a deficiency of vitamin E is very rare. Vitamin E is found occurring naturally in many of the foods that make up a balanced diet. Most adults are recommended 15mg of the vitamin per day.

Foods That Contain Vitamin E 

Vitamin E is found in any kind of vegetable oil (canola, sunflower, etc.), butter, margarine, whole grains, eggs, green vegetables, spinach and other leafy vegetables, and nuts. Over half of the vitamin E absorbed by an adult comes from vegetable oil and its products. Therefore, diets that severely restrict fat intake can have an effect on the amount of vitamin E ingested. It is suggested to those on such restrictive diets to be very mindful to increase their intake of vitamin E-rich foods, and possibly take a vitamin-E supplement.


Works Cited

Office of Dietary Supplements
"Vitamin E"

Colorado State University Extension
"Fat-Soluble Vitamins"

"Food and Vitamins"

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