Originally posted on https://genesisfoods.co/blog/a-fundamental-breakdown-vitamin-e.
This week in our nutrition series, it’s time to turn our analysis towards vitamin E. As in previous articles, we will be discussing its role in the body, its recommended intake level given by various regions and the Upper Tolerable Limit, what symptoms may occur if you are getting too little (a deficiency) or too much (a toxicity), as well as the forms and amount we use in our products.
As with previous posts, these will be displayed as a brief, bolded statement which gives the basic information, followed by a more complex, unbolded explanation.
ROLE OF VITAMIN E
Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant, meaning it can protect cells from damage. It can also provide a protective effect against smoking, pollution and excessive exposure to the sun’s rays, but it is still best to avoid these to be safe.
Vitamin E’s beneficial properties revolve around its ability to act as an antioxidant. Antioxidants ‘fight’ highly reactive molecules – known as free radicals – in the body, and bond with them to nullify their reactivity. Left unchecked, these free radicals can cause DNA damage by reacting with our cells, and this DNA damage can lead to various issues such as impaired…