Vitamin E

Vitamin E is the perfect little body guard for your body. As an anti oxidant, it protects cells from free radicals that can form during normal cell metabolism. Radicals are unpaired electrons in an atom that can cause havoc in the atom or molecule and make it unstable. Instability in cells if unchecked is thought to lead to cancer, heart disease, and other diseases.

• Class of Vitamin: Fat Soluble (what that means is how the vitamin is absorbed and carried through the blood stream)

• What it does: antioxidant (protects from free radicals)

• Good Sources: Safflower oil, wheat germ, mayonnaise, canola oil, sun flower seeds

• What happens if you consume too much of it: enhances the effects of anti-clotting medications

• How much is too much? More than 1000 mg/day

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: red blood cell breakage, nerve damage

• Daily Requirement Intake: Adults= 15mg/day

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.