What to Know and Why it Matters
Vitamin E is one that is often not talked about like Vitamin C or D, but it is super important for all kinds of different things in your body. Vitamin E is one of the fat-soluble vitamins which means that it needs to be consumed with a fat source to be absorbed through your digestive tract. It also means that your body can build stores of it in your liver in case you don’t get enough in your diet every so often.
Vitamin E has a main function as an antioxidant. Antioxidants go throughout your body looking for all of the “loose electrons” that are produced during respiration and other chemical reactions in your body. These “loose electrons” run around your body and can cause damage to your cells. To prevent damage, the antioxidants in your body will neutralize all of the loose electrons. Other antioxidants include Vitamin C and Zinc. Another benefit of antioxidants and Vitamin E is the boost of immune health they can give you.
If you are looking to get more Vitamin E in your diet, check out this great list of sources below:
There are a lot of other foods that contain Vitamin E, which means that you don’t always have to get nutrients from supplements. Having a lot of color and variety in your diet is the best way to ensure that you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet! Let us know what your favorite Vitamin E-rich food is at Healthy.UNH@unh.edu!