Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found in a wide variety of foods. The richest sources are plant oils such as soya, corn and olive oil. Other good sources include nuts and seeds, and wheatgerm (found in cereals and cereal products).

How much do I need?

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. This means you don't need it every day because any of the vitamin your body doesn't need immediately is stored for future use.

You should be able to get all the vitamin E you need from your daily diet. This is:

  • 4 mg a day for men
  • 3 mg a day for women

What does it do?

Vitamin E has a number of important functions. For example it helps protect cell membranes by acting as an antioxidant.

What happens if I take too much?

There isn't enough evidence to know what the effects might be of taking high doses of vitamin E supplements each day.

What is our advice?

You should be able to get the amount you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. But if you decide to take vitamin E supplements it's a good idea not to take too much because this might be harmful.

Taking 540 mg or less of vitamin E supplements a day is unlikely to cause any harm.