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Friday, February 21, 2014

18 Vitamin E Rich Foods

 Vitamin E rich food
Vitamin E is a blanket term for eight different nutrients—four different tocopherols and four different tocotrienols. Each of these vitamin E types is considered a fat-soluble antioxidant, and all eight are found in varying degrees in our daily diet.

The most famous of the vitamin E group is alpha-tocopherol. Both with respect to diet and high-dose supplementation, it is among the most intensely studied of nutrients. This is because its ability to prevent free radical damage may have profound effects on risks of common diseases. 

While many of the World's Healthiest Foods are rich in vitamin E, we see that average American diets fail to come close to a minimal requirement for this important nutrient. Below, we'll give you some guidance to help you chose a few foods rich in vitamin E that will better help you meet your daily needs.

You'll have a number of foods to choose from to build a menu that accentuates vitamin E. We list seven of the World's Healthiest Foods as excellent sources of vitamin E. Another six foods rate as very good sources, while twelve foods are listed as good.

Vitamin E Rich Foods

  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Avocados
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Peanuts
  • Olives
  • Peppers
  • Leeks
  • Almonds
  • Dried Oregano
  • Cranberries
  • Peppers
  • Kiwi
  • Brocoli
  • Parsley
  • Plant Oils

Vitamin E helps protect LDL cholesterol (sometimes referred to as "bad" cholesterol) from free radical damage. This damaged cholesterol, often referred to as oxidized LDL, tends to accumulate in blood vessel walls in the early stages of hardening of the arteries.

Diets rich in vitamin E from vegetables, fish, and plant oils—like the Mediterranean diet for example—have been linked to cardiovascular prevention in large health surveys Understand, though, that the potential benefits of this diet are not limited to or fully explained by vitamin E, and that supplements of vitamin E have not demonstrated the same sort of preventive benefit that researchers hoped to see.

Sources:
whfoods.org

Also read our post about green superfoods.