Vitamin E Deficiency And What You Need To Know

symptoms of vitamin E deficiency


Vitamin E Deficiency And What You Need To Know

Written by: Brandi Monasco

Vitamin E is one of those important vitamins that your body requires in order to be able to function properly. However, not everyone is familiar or aware of how vital vitamin E is to your body and your overall health.

When you are not aware of just how important a vitamin is your body, you may not think about making sure to have the proper amount in your body. When this happens, a vitamin deficiency can oftentimes occur.

Why Vitamin E Is Vital For Your Body:

  • Vitamin E is necessary for your body because it provides support for both functional and structural maintenance of your skeletal system as well as your cardiac muscles and other smooth muscles.
  • Vitamin E aids in the formation of red blood cells and allows those cells to maintain the storage of other essential vitamins such as vitamins A and K and iron.
  • Vitamin E is loaded with antioxidants that are essential to help your body fight off free radicals that can cause damage to your cells. The antioxidant property also plays an important role to your cell membranes and helps prevent heart problems that can be caused by aging. 

Symptoms Of Vitamin E Deficiency

Symptoms and signs of vitamin E deficiency can vary from person to person, depending on their age. The general signs of vitamin E deficiency are basically the same regardless of age:

  • Dry or or hair loss
  • Slow tissue healing
  • Leg cramps
  • Weakness of muscles
  • Gastrointestinal diseases or conditions such as chronic diarrhea or greasy stools
  • Decreased blood circulation
  • Mild anemia
  • Age spots
  • Cataracts
  • Liver, muscle, bone marrow and brain function abnormalities 

The best way to avoid having a vitamin E deficiency is to consume foods that are high in vitamin E, such as:

  • Eggs
  • Nuts such as walnuts, peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts
  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
  • Greens such as collard, mustard and turnip
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Yams
  • Sweet potatoes 

How Much Vitamin E Do You Need?

Children 1-3 years: 6mg per day

Children 4-8 years: 7mg per day

Children 9-13 years: 11mg per day

Older than 14 years: 15 mg per day

Pregnant women should get 15mg per day

Breastfeeding women should get 19mg per day

Were you aware of the importance of vitamin E? What’s your favorite way to get it into your diet? Share with us in the comments below!

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Brandi Monasco

Brandi Monasco

Health Advocate at Gettin' Healthy
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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