vitamin series: e

Today’s vitamin may help with cancers, immune function, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, sunburn, and…PMS.

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Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant (booyah!), so it can be stored in the body. No need to toil over ingesting a steady stream of this vitamin–it actually stays in your body for a bit.

The most well-known fact about vitamin E is probably the role it plays in skincare. Vitamin E can help ease sunburn and scarring, and I kind of think I remember the women in nail salons popping open a vitamin E tab and rubbing it on my hands. Am I right?

To keep your skin happy and your body healthy you may find vitamin E in eggs, fortified cereals, fruit, green leafy vegetables, meat, nuts, nut oils, poultry, vegetable oils, argan oil (found everywhere in skincare and makeup!), olive oil, wheat germ oil, and whole grains. Be aware that cooking the vitamin-rich foods mayyyy decrease the true vitamin content. Raw is best.

You don’t want to have too much vitamin E. There are tons of studies looking at vitamin E and its effect on heart disease, stroke, diabetes, etc. From what I’m finding it’s safe to avoid anything above 300 IU per day, but you really need to avoid more than 1,500 IU. If you truly think you need a vitamin E supplement, get confirmation and permission from your doctor. No need to put your health in unnecessary danger for more vitamin E!

To avoid overdose, adults are recommended to ingest up to 22.4 IU, or 15mg, of vitamin E per day. This adds up to 1/2 a cup of cooked spinach and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Sounds easy to achieve! If you still think you won’t hit vitamin E levels through food, check your multivitamin.

So there ya go, a thrilling recap of vitamin E and what it does for you. Have a great Thursday!

source: Office of Dietary Supplements WebMD

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