10 Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms

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Vitamin E is one of the most powerful nutrients required for the human body to function. It has antioxidants qualities that help keep the immune system strong. Without sufficient amounts of this fat-soluble vitamin, individuals can become prone to infections and experience muscle weakness and a weakened immune system.

Because vitamin E is found in most food groups, a deficiency is generally quite rare. Deficiencies could be also from metabolism and fat malabsorption disorders. Vitamin E can reverse the damage done by complications from disease, but individuals should consult with a physician before increasing their intake.

1. Muscle Weakness

Vitamin E is needed for the body to build muscle mass, repair cells and support skeletal muscle health. Muscles frequently undergo a natural tearing and repairing process, and if there's a deficiency, cell damage can occur.1H. Gerster. ‘Function of Vitamin E in Physical Exercise: a Review.’ Zeitschrift Fur Ernahrungswissenschaft, U.S. National Library of Medicine, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1897277/

Vitamin E is also an important antioxidant and has a key role to play in preventing oxidative stress, another contributing factor to muscle weakness. Low levels of vitamin E, together with inactive muscles, can lead to muscle wastage and weakness. A diet rich in vitamin E could improve muscle longevity.

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