Foods to boost vitamin E

Foods to boost vitamin E

How much?

The suggested dietary target (SDT) each day for vitamin E intake is set at a level believed to reduce chronic disease. Vitamin E (SDT):

  • Women 14mg
  • Men 19mg

Why we need it

Vitamin E is an important antioxidant which protects our cell walls and cholesterol – especially LDL cholesterol – from damage by free radicals.

Research has shown higher vitamin E intakes may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetic complications and some cancers and cataracts, although the studies are limited in number and findings are inconsistent. Vitamin E supplement trials in high-risk groups have not shown benefits.

Excess vitamin E intakes from food would be near impossible but studies using high-dose supplements (which are not advocated) have led to a recommended upper limit of 300mg a day.

How to get vitamin E

We get good amounts of vitamin E from nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and kumara. Vitamin E is also found in oily fish, whole grains, avocado, kiwifruit and dark leafy greens.

Each of these provides 3mg vitamin E – around 20 per cent of a woman’s daily vitamin E needs

  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 11 almonds
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup cooked silver beet (or 3 cups raw)
  • 1/2 cooked kumara (65g)

Did you know? Around half the vitamin E in foods can be lost during cooking.

Author: Rose Carr

Healthy Food Guide

First published: Dec 2010

2017-04-03 17:09:24

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