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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Featured Nutrients: Why You Need Them

Featured Nutrients: Why You Need Them

Vitamin E

What it does:
Scientists have not yet elucidated all of vitamin E's roles, but they hypothesize that it has a role in immune function, DNA repair, the formation of red blood cells and vitamin K absorption.

How much you need:
The RDA in men and women is 23 IU, or 15 milligrams, and because many E-rich foods come from nuts and oils, some low-fat diets may be inadequate in vitamin E.

Food Sources of Vitamin E:
Wheat germ oil. Sunflower seeds, cooked spinach, almonds, safflower oil and hazelnuts.

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