What Is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is an antioxidant found in foods and supplements. Like other antioxidants, vitamin E helps protect against damage from free radicals.ix We hear the words “free radicals” and “antioxidants” often these days in conversations about health—let’s break down what those words mean. Free radicals are unstable molecules that form from natural body processes.x Free radicals can cause damage to your cells. Luckily, antioxidants like vitamin E might be able to help. Antioxidants fight free radical damage, which may help your cells stay healthier for longer.
What Are the Benefits of Vitamin E?
Vitamin E benefits your health in more ways than one. Here are some of the health benefits of vitamin E:
- Vitamin E helps support heart health by preventing the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL, or “bad” cholesterol) by free radicals.xi
- Vitamin E helps support eye health. Found in the retina, vitamin E may protect against light-induced oxidative damage.xii
- Like other antioxidants, vitamin E plays an important role in immune function. Research shows that diets low in vitamin E have adverse effects on the immune system, inhibiting the immune system from functioning as it should.xiii
- Vitamin E, an antioxidant, supports skin health by protecting skin from potential free radical damage.xiv
Where Can I Get Vitamin E?
Luckily, vitamin E is present in many of the foods we eat. You can also take a multivitamin with vitamin E, like Centrum Adults Multivitamin. It’s pretty rare to be deficient in vitamin E, so you don’t necessarily need to supplement unless your doctor recommends it. Here are some foods with vitamin E to add to your daily menu:
- Leafy greens
- Wheat germ oil
- Butternut squash
- …and many more!
We hope you enjoyed learning about the benefits of vitamin E. For more on vitamins, learn about vitamin D next.