Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that naturally exists in eight different forms. These eight different forms or isomers of vitamin E are alpha-, beta-, gamma- delta-tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienol). Each of these Vitamin E forms has varying biological functions. Out of these eight types, gamma and alpha tocopherols are the forms included in human diet to meat the requirements.
Vitamin E is a good anti-oxidant and plays a great role in the repair of damage caused by free radicals.
Vitamin E plays an important role in maintaining normal blood pressure.
It is effective in the treatment of angina or chest pain.
It plays an important role in the treatment of atherosclerosis or hardening of arteries.
It is effective in the treatment of heart attack.
Vitamin E plays an effective role in the treatment of various nervous disorders like Alzheimers disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy etc.
It is used in the treatment and prevention of various types of cancers like lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, oral cancer etc.
It is effective in the treatment of male infertility.
It helps in maintaining healthy glowing skin by reducing wrinkles, prevention and treatment of stretch marks, scars etc.
It plays a great role in lessening the adverse effects of medical treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, dialysis etc.
Normally Vitamin E does not cause any side effects. But in some cases, over intake of Vitamin E or its supplements may lead to some side effects like nausea, headache, blurred vision, bleeding etc.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for Vitamin E (alpha- tocopherol) varies depending on the age of an individual.
Infants and children
0 to 6 months- 4 milligrams/day (mg/day)
7 to 12 months- 50 mg/day
1 to 3 years- 6 mg/day
4 to 8 years- 7 mg/day
9 to 13 years- 11 mg/day
Adolescents and adults
14 and above- 15 mg/day
The Recommended Dietary Allowances of a lactating woman is slightly higher (19 mg/day) than a normal woman.
Following are some of the food items rich in vitamin E:
Wheat germ oil
Sun flower oil
Soy bean oil
Meat, Poultry and egg
Fruits like mango, avocado, papaya etc.
Vegetables like tomato, spinach, pumpkin, lettuce, radish, broccoli etc.