So, the letter of the day is E and what better nutrient, to discover than E- vitamin. As a multifaceted class of substances, E-vitamin is a collective word for a group of 8 molecules including 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols. E-vitamin is potent in performing a number of bodily functions along other antioxidants.
Functions of E-vitaminThe most popular function of E-vitamin is its antioxidant activity. Together with C-vitamin, E-vitamin protects against cardiovascular diseases. Other functions of E-vitamin include but are not limited to…
- Strengthening the immune system
- Energy production
- Control of enzymes activity
- Control of gene expression
- Production of red blood cells
- Brain function
- Skin cell repair
Food sources of E-vitaminE-vitamin is fat soluble and will therefore be found in foods with naturally high amounts of fats (not to be confused with processed, greasy food). Consequently, E-vitamin will be found in vegetable oils (eg: corn and canola), green leafy vegetables/fruits (eg: avocado, spinach, turnips, etc), nuts and seeds, meat, poultry, and fortified cereals. Always choose fresh foods over processed ones to ensure that the nutritional content is adequate.
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