Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin stored in the body, particularly in muscle and adipose tissue.
Vitamin E is most widely known for its primary role as a powerful antioxidant, counteracting free radicals to protect cells from oxidation and premature ageing. As a result, this vitamin most notably works to keep your skin looking fresh and prevent cardiovascular disease. It can also have immune and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Being fat-soluble, vitamin E is found in lipid-rich foods such as vegetable oils (particularly sunflower, peanut, wheat germ and soybean oils), oilseeds (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc.), butter and oily fish (salmon, herring, sardines, etc.), among other sources.
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Because of its strong antioxidant properties, vitamin E is often used as a preservative in processed foods (under names ranging from E306 to E309) to keep food from spoiling.
SUPPLEMENTS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:
Since vitamin E is well stored within the body, cases of deficiency are relatively rare. However, your required amount of vitamin E may be much higher if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, suffering from a chronic condition, or an athlete or smoker. An overdose of vitamin E has little known effect.