Vitamin E has several important functions. For example, it helps protect cell membranes.
Good sources of vitamin E
Vitamin E is found in a wide variety of foods. The richest sources are plant oils such as soya, corn and olive oil.
Other good sources include:
- nuts and seeds
- wheat germ, found in cereals and cereal products
How much vitamin E you need
The amount of vitamin E you need is:
- 4mg a day for men
- 3mg a day for women
You should be able to get the amount of vitamin E you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. If you take vitamin E supplements, do not to take too much.
Taking 540mg or less a day of vitamin E supplements is unlikely to cause any harm.
Any vitamin E that your body does not need immediately is stored for future use, so you do not need it in your diet every day.