#5 Vitamin E- Another very common vitamin deficiency in the Western world.
Why is it important?
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant in and of itself that also helps regulate oxidation reactions that protect intracellular components and also helps to stabilize cell membranes. It boosts the immune system, protects against cardiovascular disease, helps wound healing, protects against macular degeneration and cataracts.
A lack of sufficient vitamin E will result in poor skin and hair growth, decreased wound healing,
increased bruising and anemia, increased psoriasis and cataracts and worsened PMS and hot flashes. Can lead to sterility and weakness.
What is it found in?
Sweet potatoes, avocados, asparagus, wheat germ, nuts and seed, cold pressed vegetable oils and dark leafy greens, liver and eggs.
If you eat a well balanced, whole-foods diet, you likely get enough vitamin E - but if you need to supplement, the RDA is 15 mg/day