Vitamin E

Vitamin E has several important functions. For example, it helps maintain cell structure by protecting cell membranes.

Good sources of vitamin E

Vitamin E is found in a wide variety of foods. The richest sources are plant oils such as soya, corn and olive oil.

Other good sources include:

  • nuts and seeds
  • wheat germ, found in cereals and cereal products
  • How much vitamin E do I need?

    The amount of vitamin E you need is:

    4mg a day for men
    3mg a day for women

    You should be able to get all the vitamin E you need from your daily diet. Any vitamin E your body does not need immediately is stored for future use, so you do not need it in your diet every day.

    What happens if I take too much vitamin E?

    There is not enough evidence to know what the effects might be of taking high doses of vitamin E supplements each day.

    What does the Department of Health advise?

    You should be able to get the amount of vitamin E you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. If you take vitamin E supplements, do not take too much.

    Taking 540mg or less a day of vitamin E supplements is unlikely to cause any harm.

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