Especially in a world with such mounting health challenges it is always interesting to learn about the core vitamins and minerals that make for a strong human body. One of those is Vitamin E. In fact, it may be surprising to learn Vitamin E is actually a compound of fat-soluble compounds found naturally in some foods and then added to others. Most people do not have a problem getting enough Vitamin E from their diet, which is good because of its vital antioxidant properties.

Antioxidants protect our cells from the problems caused by what are called ‘free radicals’ or molecules that contain an unshared electron. These cells damage our bodies and can lead to cardiovascular disease and cancer. The body is also exposed to free radicals from chemicals outside like cigarette smoke and air pollution. However we come in contact with them having a good store of Vitamin E is crucial to good health on a cellular level.

The best sources of Vitamin E come from nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. In addition, spinach, broccoli and even mango can provide some nutrition. The average person gets enough of the vitamin through their every day diet. However, people on low fat or other diets may need to use a supplement and watch their Vitamin E intake to maintain peak health.

Doctors and nutritionists recommend consuming 15 mg of Vitamin E each day. This is especially true for any pregnant or nursing women who need more like 19 mg each day. Also anyone with an auto-immune disease like Crohn’s disease or cystic fibrosis need to be extra careful about their vitamin E intake.

Fortunately the Vitamin E rich foods are mostly all easily accessible. This makes it a nutrient we don’t need to worry about as much as other vitamins and minerals. For example, do you have a favorite nut butter recipe? What about guacamole? It’s making us hungry just thinking about it.

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