The importance of Vitamin EWe all need vitamin E, regardless of what stage of life we are in, it is crucial to the development of our bodies. In particular, infants and new mothers should have a diet rich in vitamin E, however, it seems that too few of us are getting enough. A study last year revealed that as many as 90 per cent of adults do not currently have as much vitamin E in their diet as they should.
In total, it is estimated that we need around 13 different types of vitamins to help maintain our general health and wellbeing. With our busy lifestyles, it can be difficult to ensure your body is getting all the vitamins it needs. Vitamin E, however, is of particular importance – and we’re going to look at why.
WHAT IS IT?
Each type of vitamin has its own benefits. Vitamin E, for example, acts as an antioxidant – which means that it can help protect the body’s cells and create a stronger immune system. It can also improve the health of your eyes and skin.
WHERE CAN I FIND IT?
If you’re looking to increase your daily intake of vitamin E, then you should consider adding some of the following food items to your meals or as light snacks – sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, avocado, peanuts and asparagus are all rich in vitamin E.
RECOMMENDED DAILY INTAKE FOR CHILDREN
The Australian Ministry for Health recommends that youths aged 0-6 months should have 4 mg of vitamin E per day, with that rising to 5 mg per day aged seven months to three years. Children who are 4 to 8 years of age should have 6 mg per day.
Boys need 9 mg per day until they’re 13, after which should rise to 10 mg per day and remain as such for the rest of their life. For girls, 9 to 18 year-olds should have 8 mg per day, which should then be reduced to 7 mg per day onwards.
BENEFITS TO INFANTS AND MOTHERS
The two groups most in need of vitamin E are newborn children and their mothers. According to Professor Maret Traber, who published the study Advances in Nutrition, it is critical to neurologic and brain development that can only happen in the early stages of a child’s life.
As well as having a vitamin E rich diet, your skin will also love moisturing lotions infused with vitamin E to help replenish your skin. For more serious skin conditions, such as eczema, our Medihoney Natural Eczema Cream uses the power of Manuka honey, vitamin E and other natural ingredients to moisturise, condition and protect dry and irritated skin.