What Is Vitamin E?

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin found in many foods but is also added to fortified foods.

Vitamin E is not one vitamin. It is the collective name of eight different compounds.

Vitamin E deficiency is rare, and symptoms of it have not been seen in healthy people, even those who obtain little vitamin E from their diets.

Vitamin E, Eight Compounds

Naturally occurring vitamin E is a mixture of four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta). (source )

The most abundant isoforms of vitamin E are alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol.

All forms of vitamin E have antioxidative properties. But alpha-tocopherol is the most bioavailable in the body. (source )

Is Vitamin E Good For Your Heart?

Vitamin E is one of the many nutritional supplements that is being touted as an essential for maintaining a healthy heart.

While there is no proof that vitamin E actually helps to keep your heart healthy, there is proof that a deficiency of vitamin E is linked to heart disease.

The vitamin E that is found in food is called tocopherol and tocotrionol, which is a form of vitamin E that is readily available to your body.

Tocopherol and tocotrienol is needed to help your body properly metabolize fats and cholesterol.

Vitamin E In Food

Numerous foods provide vitamin E. Nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils are among the best sources of alpha-tocopherol.

You can also find significant amounts in green leafy vegetables. (source )

Vitamin E is also found in some of the richest fish oils, like salmon, herring, mackerel, etc. It is also found in beef liver.

Vitamin E Deficiency

Vitamin E deficiency is rare. Deficiency symptoms have not been found in healthy people who obtain only a little vitamin E from their diets. (source )

It is usually caused by inadequate dietary intake in developing countries or by a disorder causing fat malabsorption in developed countries.

Vitamin E deficiency in developing countries are more common, which is manifested by retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of childhood blindness in these countries.

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Sara Niemelä

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