Vitamin E has several important functions. For example, it helps maintain cell structure by protecting cell membranes.
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:
The amount of vitamin E you need is:
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.
There is not enough evidence to know what the effects might be of taking high doses of vitamin E supplements each day.
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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