What Are the Symptoms of Vitamin E Deficiency?

Author: Staff Writer

Answer: Symptoms of a vitamin E deficiency vary depending on the age of the person and severity of the deficiency but may include anemia, age spots, cataracts, decreased sex drive, muscle weakness, neurological damage, as well as other possible abnormalities.

More Info: Vitamin E deficiency is most often seen in developing countries and among people born with genetic defects.  Since vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, individuals who have trouble digesting fat are more prone to a Vitamin E deficiency.  Severe vitamin E deficiency caused by malabsorption can cause nerve damage and the loss of the ability to walk.

Fact: Vitamin E has antioxidant properties that help to slow the aging process.  It is responsible for both the development and maintenance of nerves and muscles.   Vitamin E protects the lungs against pollution and reduces the overall oxygen needs of the body.  In women, it improves fertility and reduces the risk of miscarriages.

Fact: The recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E for adults is 15 milligrams, according to the USDA. Most adults need to boost their daily intake.  Vitamin E is found in many high fat foods such as nuts and oils. These should be consumed daily in small amounts. Vitamin E rich foods include almonds, hazelnuts, safflower oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ, avocados, sweet potatoes, and leafy green vegetables.


Works Cited

Office of Dietary Supplements
Vitamin E

Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University
Vitamin E

USDA Agricultural Research Service
Can Foods Forestall Aging?"

Expert Opinion 

Quote: "Severe vitamin E deficiency results mainly in neurological symptoms, including impaired balance and coordination (ataxia), injury to the sensory nerves (peripheral neuropathy), muscle weakness (myopathy), and damage to the retina of the eye (pigmented retinopathy). For this reason, people who develop peripheral neuropathy, ataxia, or retinitis pigmentosa should be screened for vitamin E deficiency."

Source:   Vitamin E
Linus Pauling Institute


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