Unlike other fat-soluble vitamins, vitamin E is stored in your body for relatively short periods of time like some of the B's and vitamin C. In fact, 70 percent of it is excreted in your feces. It plays a role in the formation of many body tissues, including muscles and red blood cells. This micronutrient helps protect cell membranes and prolongs the life of red blood cells.
Vitamin E is stored in the uterus, testes, adrenal and pituitary glands, blood, muscles, heart, and liver. It acts both as a vasodilator, opening up your blood vessels, and an anticoagulant, thinning your blood and helping prevent clots. It also helps raise the levels of HDL's, the "good" cholesterol in your blood.
Vitamin E directly aids all components of your immune system. It is one of the most potent known antidotes to free radicals, deactivating them chemically before they can destroy cells. Moreover, it helps heal scars, scratches, and burns. This micronutrient may even increase fertility in both men and women. In men, it can help prevent and cure inflammation of the prostate gland; in women, it helps regulate menstrual flow and relieve menopausal symptoms. It may even produce short-term rises in sex drive.
Good for These Symptoms:
Signs of Deficiency: In newborns: hemolytic anemia.
RDA: 30 I.U.
Optimal Level: 400 I.U.
Maximum: 1,000 I.U.
Signs of Toxicity:
Drug Interactions: Oral anticoagulants (May increase drug's effect)