Vitamin E

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.

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