Nutrition and Information Guide: Vitamin E

About the vitamin E, nutritional information guide, uses, effects of deficiency, good sources of vitamin E.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

Use in the Body: Prevents stored fats and vitamin A from breaking down and making harmful combinations. Unites with oxygen to protect red blood cells and keep them from rupturing. May improve the health of the circulatory system and counteract the process of aging. May play a part in increasing fertility and treating sterility. Externally, it aids the healing of burns, bruises, and wounds.

Deficiency May Lead to: Anemia in premature infants, infrequent ovulation and other problems of the reproductive organs.

Notes: Destroyed by commercial processing, cooking, storage, ultraviolet rays, iron, rancid fats and oils. Mostly stored in the muscles, fatty tissues, and liver.

Best Sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, margarine, wheat germ, whole grains, eggs, green leafy vegetables, organ meats, fruits, peanuts.

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