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Vitamin E: properties, benefits and side effects

Vitamin E: properties, benefits and side effects

This substance has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers. Read everything about its properties and side effects and what benefits it can give to our body!

Vitamin E is the name of a series of fat-soluble compounds which are fundamental to improve, above all, the metabolic processes of our body. This substance settles in our muscles, liver, and adipose tissue (fat). However, our body can absorb just the 20-40% of it.

This substance fights free radicals, therefore it is one of the best natural antioxidants. In other words, we can say that our body “reuses” this molecule to fight hundreds of free radicals.

Vitamin E: beneficial properties

Let’s find out what this substance does in our body. Due to its properties, Vitamin E:

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  • Absorbs unsaturated fats;
  • Fights arteriosclerosis;
  • Prevents embolism and heart attacks, because it helps the blood coagulation;
  • Fights aging signs, due to its strong antioxidant powers;
  • Fights stress and anemia;
  • Soothes leg cramps;
  • Soothes period pains;
  • Improves memory, due to its action against free radicals;
  • Cures acne, inflammation and eczema;
  • Purifies and protects our body cells;
  • Protects the circulatory system;
  • Improves the immune system;
  • Fights diabetes;
  • Fights tiredness;
  • Heals wounds and burns.

Foods rich in Vitamin E

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Therefore, which foods are rich in this substance? Above all, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, pistachios and walnuts. But also tomatoes, green olives, spinach, broccoli, basil and oregano. Moreover, it is contained also in sunflower seed oil, wheat, linen, kiwi, mango, corn and avocado.

Daily doses

In order to benefit from all these properties, you should take this amount of vitamin E every day:

  • Newborns from 2 to 12 months: 5mg;
  • Babies from 1 to 3 years old: 6mg;
  • Children from 4 to 8 years old: 7mg;
  • Kids from 9 to 13 years old: 11 mg;
  • Adults from 14 years old: 15mg.

Vitamin E: side effects

Be careful and do not take too much of this substance, because it has side effects, such as nausea, vomit, muscular weakness, diarrhea, hypertension, abdominal pains, decrease of the blood vitamin C level.

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