10 Benefits of Vitamin E

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Natural vitamin E comes in eight different forms, but alpha-tocopherol is the most common form available in supplements. It's a fat-soluble vitamin, and its primary function is to eliminate free radicals from the body. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons that scavenge for cells and damage them.

Vitamin E is found in foods, such as almonds, peanuts, olive oil, leafy greens, eggs and meats. Its also available in supplement forms, including oil capsules, powder and bottled liquid. As with any vitamin supplement, consult a doctor before taking vitamin E.1‘Vitamin E.’ The Nutrition Source, Harvard University, 2 July 2019, www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-e.

1. Pregnancy and Preeclampsia Benefits

It's rare for adults or children to have a vitamin E deficiency unless they are severely malnourished. When a woman is pregnant, not eating enough foods with vitamin E may cause low blood levels. Some studies suggest an oxidant/antioxidant imbalance could be a factor in preeclampsia, and taking vitamin E may help.

Vitamin E may also reduce inflammation and keep blood pressure levels closer to normal. It's vital to maintain normal blood pressure levels while pregnant and dealing with preeclampsia. However, vitamin E can interfere with the body's absorption of some prescription medications. Always check with a physician before taking vitamin E.2‘Vitamin E.’ Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), 22 Sept. 2020, ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-Consumer.

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