Primarily known for having beneficial effects on skin, vitamin E is a real asset to general good health! Maïa Baudelaire, founder of the Maïa Baudelaire® Method I Love my Diet Coach®, shares her wisdom about this vitamin and its multiple benefits.
What is a vitamin?
Vitamins are essential for good health. You will often hear that they are indispensable, but why? The human body needs vitamins to ensure its vital functions work properly, but it is unable to make them for itself. This is why it’s essential to incorporate them into your daily diet.
Vitamin E is good for….?
Vitamin E has several functions. Firstly, it has an antioxidant role that helps fight free radicals, commonly believed to be responsible for cellular ageing. It lowers bad cholesterol and protects the body against cardiovascular disease. It is also credited with strengthening the immune defence system and contributes to the proper hydration of the skin. Lastly, it is known to boost fertility.
Your daily needs depend on the age and state of your health but, according to the National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labor (ANSES), the daily requirement for vitamin E is 10 to 15 mg for adults.
In which foods is it commonly found?
The main source of vitamin E is wheat germ. Just one tablespoon of its oil is enough to cover the daily needs of an adult. Sunflower oil, avocado, almonds, walnuts, mango and spinach are also great sources of vitamin E.
And finally, a little culture!
To be the bright spark of family meal (or to answer the decisive question of ‘Question for a Champion!’), the scientific name of vitamin E is Tocopherol, derived from the Greek words “tocos” and “pherein” which mean “descent “and” wear “!