What is vitamin E and what is its function?

Vitamin E is one of the most important vitamins for human beings to preserve our health as well as possible.

At Caña Nature we offer you among our products 100% natural guacamole, made with fresh avocados, which are the fruits with the highest concentration of vitamin E that we can take advantage of.

What is vitamin E?

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that can be acquired through the ingestion of different foods.

The amount of vitamin E that each person needs depends mainly on their age. While in the first years of life an average of 5, 6 or 7 mg per day is sufficient, from about 14 years of age onwards, at least 15 mg per day is recommended.

In lactating women and adolescents, this amount is recommended even higher, up to 19 mg per day.

Functions of vitamin E

Vitamin E has many important functions related to our health. One of the most important of these is to protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals.

These free radicals are compounds that are formed when we eat food and convert it into energy. They can also be caused by air pollution, solar radiation or even tobacco smoke.

By acting against free radicals, vitamin E thus becomes one of the most powerful antioxidants we can use to prevent the signs of ageing and the onset of disease.

Vitamin E also strengthens our immune system by stimulating it and thus helping to combat the presence of bacteria and viruses that can affect us.

Vitamin E also helps to dilate blood vessels and prevent the formation of blood clots.

It also acts preventively. With optimal levels of vitamin E, we can prevent or reduce the likelihood of heart disease, eye disorders or even mental illness.

Where can vitamin E be found?

Vitamin E is present in foods such as the avocado mentioned above, which is used to make Caña Nature’s guacamole recipes.

Other foods where vitamin E can be found are the following:

  • Nuts.
  • Vegetable oils (we recommend virgin olive oil, wheat germ oil, hazelnut oil, rapeseed oil or sunflower oil).
  • Fish (especially elver, eel, salmon or sardines).

Possible vitamin E deficiency problems

With a healthy diet it is fairly easy to get the daily amount of vitamin E we need.

However, either because of an inadequate diet or because of illness, such as those that cause poor digestion of fats, we can suffer from vitamin E deficiency.

In these cases, vitamin E deficiency can damage nerves and muscles, as well as affecting the sensation in the arms and legs, causing muscle weakness and even vision problems. In addition, our immune system will be weaker against possible threats from bacteria or viruses.

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