Vitamins are essential to proper body function. They are involved at low concentrations in many vital processes.
Vitamin E is part of the lipid-soluble vitamins, meaning that it is absorbed together with fats. It must be provided by the diet, as the body is unable to produce it.
Where to find vitamin E?
Vitamin E is mostly found in vegetable oils (canola, olive and sunflower), oily fish, dried fruits and butter.
Vitamin E and sports
Vitamin E is an important anti-oxidant and we know that sports can lead to an increased production of free radicals. Vitamin E is particularly important for our cell membranes, as it protects them from oxidation.
Vitamin E needs
Needs in adults are 12 mg / kg / day, and can be doubled in athletes per 1000kcal burned. The upper limit allowed is 50mg / kg / day.
Vitamin E deficiency is exceptional and leads to increased susceptibility to infections.