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Watch out for these signs

What is Vitamin E used for?

Our body needs vitamin E for a strong immune system and functioning cell protection, it also inhibits inflammatory processes and protects our nerves. We absorb vitamin E mainly through food. Good sources of Vitamin E are above all Vegetable oils such as wheat germ or rapeseed oil. Also Nuts and seeds such as almonds or Hazelnuts for example flax seed provide us with the vital vitamin. Did you know? A tablespoon of wheat germ oil or a handful of hazelnuts already covers an adult’s daily requirement of 11 to 15 milligrams.

Our tip: Since vitamin E is sensitive to sunlight and oxygen, foods such as vegetable oils must always be sealed tightly and stored in the dark. If your oil smells rancid, it’s usually an indication that much of the vitamin E has oxidized. Vitamin is quite resistant to heat.

Vitamin E deficiency: These individuals are most at risk

If you eat a balanced and healthy diet, you don’t have to worry about a vitamin E deficiency.However, people with chronic bowel diseases such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease or pancreatitis have a higher risk of developing a vitamin E deficiency. due to digestive disorders, the absorption of vitamin E from food is prevented or impaired. A vitamin E deficiency also threatens people who follow a very low-fat or one-sided diet for a longer period of time. Babies born prematurely can sometimes have a vitamin E deficiency. Since they have a higher vitamin E requirement, they only have a very small vitamin E store.

This is how a vitamin E deficiency is recognized

  • immunodeficiency
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • difficulty concentrating
  • Reduced efficiency
  • Tremble
  • emotional disturbances
  • Circulatory disorders, especially in the arms and legs
  • Disturbance of muscle and nerve function
  • cracked skin
  • Poor wound healing
  • retinal disease
  • Vitamin E deficiency in premature babies: In babies, deficiency manifests itself as anemia, muscle weakness, brain hemorrhage, or damage to the retina of the eyes.

Important: If you have symptoms for a longer period of time or if they keep coming back, you should see your GP and have your blood checked. There may be a vitamin E deficiency, but because some of the symptoms are non-specific, other causes or deficiencies may also be considered.

Vitamin E intake – you need to pay attention to this

Vitamin E deficiency can be diagnosed with a blood test. To remedy a vitamin E deficiency, vitamin preparations and dietary supplements are recommended. Important: Basically, you should make sure you cover your vitamin E needs primarily through food and only take supplements when needed and your doctor has prescribed them for you. Discuss the correct intake and dosage with your doctor beforehand. An overdose can have serious consequences: high doses of vitamin E can reduce the blood’s ability to clot. The risk of a stroke can also increase significantly. (Good to know: Overdose through food is not normally possible.) Therefore, read the package leaflet and follow the dosing instructions provided there. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) proposes a maximum of 30 mg of vitamin E (= 44 IU) in food supplements. Tip: In order for the body to use the vitamin, it should be ingested at the same time as fat.

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