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Vitamin E - Tocopherol


Vitamin E, or tocopherol, is a fat soluble vitamin that acts as a powerful antioxidant protecting the body from damage caused by free radicals.

It is also used by the body in the formation of red blood cells and to make proper use of vitamin K. In addition Vitamin E is heavily involved in the smooth running of the system, cell signalling and helps to regulate gene expression.

Vitamin E Deficiency.

Vitamin E deficiency is most likely to affect people who find it difficult to absorb fat. Symptoms of vitamin E deficiency include a lack of balance, loss of muscle and muscle weakness, abnormal eye movements and problems with vision.

Failure to treat a vitamin E deficiency can lead to more serious problems including liver and kidney failure.

Vitamin E: Recommended Daily Allowance*:

Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
0-6 months 4 4    
7-12 months 5 5    
1-3 years 6 6    
4-8 years 7 7    
9-13 years 11 11    
14+ years 15 15 15 19
*All measurements expressed in mg.