Why do people take vitamin E?
VITAMIN E is key for strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes. In recent years, vitamin E supplements have become popular as antioxidants. These are substances that protect cells from damage. However, the risks and benefits of taking vitamin E supplements are still unclear.
Many people use vitamin E supplements in the hopes that the vitamin’s antioxidant properties will prevent or treat disease. But studies of vitamin E for preventing cancer, heart disease, diabetes, cataracts, and many other conditions have been disappointing.
So far, the only established benefits of vitamin E supplements are in people who have an actual deficiency. Vitamin E deficiencies are rare. They’re more likely in people who have diseases, such as digestive problems and cystic fibrosis. People on very low-fat diets may also have low levels of vitamin E.
Can you get vitamin E naturally from foods?
Most people get enough vitamin E from food. Good sources of vitamin E include:
• Vegetable oils
• Green leafy vegetables, like spinach
• Fortified cereals and other foods