First of all, a HUGE happy birthday to my dad. We are celebrating 50 today with hunting and family time at the farm. Love you dad!!
When I first decided to become a dietitian, one of the topics that interested me the most was vitamins and minerals. I loved learning the benefits that each vitamin and mineral provided as well as the foods that they were found in. That is how I decided that I wanted to study nutrition! Through my schooling, we delved deeper into this topic and I enjoyed learning all about it. Today, I am going to discuss vitamin E.
Vitamin E has several benefits including heart health benefits. It is an antioxidant that helps to protect the body tissue from damaging substances known as free radicals. These free radicals can damage cells, organs and issue. They also play a role in aging. Vitamin E helps to protect against this. It is also used to keep the immune system strong from bacteria and viruses. It forms red blood cells and helps the body to be able to use vitamin K and widen the blood vessels and keeps blood from clotting in them.
As far as heart health benefits, vitamin E can help with the prevention or delay or coronary heart disease. It can also help to prevent a heart attack by preventing the formation of blood clots.
This is how much vitamin E is recommended per day:
- 1 to 3 years: 6 mg/day
- 4 to 8 years: 7 mg/day
- 9 to 13 years: 11 mg/day
- 14 and older: 15 mg/day
- Pregnant teens and women: 15 mg/day
- Breastfeeding teens and women: 19 mg/day
Since I am breastfeeding, I am currently taking a prenatal vitamin with omega 3 in it. I also try to eat a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, calcium rich dairy, etc. I believe that proper nutrition is extremely important for staying healthy and feeling your best.