✨Vitamin E✨

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🔸What is it?
🔸Vitamin E consists of two subgroups, tocopherols and tocotrienols, that vary by saturation and the number/position of methyl groups on the side chains

🔹What is it for?
🔹Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant meaning it ‘absorbs’ harmful free radicals that damage cells in the body. There is increasing evidence to suggest vitamin E has a protective effect against heart disease by protecting low-density lipoproteins against oxidation and reducing inflammation!

🔸Food sources?
🔸Polyunsaturated plant oils eg. Olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil. Nuts and seeds. Whole-grains eg. wheatgerm and cereals.

🔹The NHS recommends a daily intake of 4mg for men and 3mg a day for women
🔹Deficiency is rare but can cause erythrocytes haemolysis (break down of red blood cells) and neuromuscular dysfunction (loss of coordination and slow reflexes)

Ref: Whitney and Rolfes, Understanding Nutrition 14th Ed.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-e/

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