Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient found in various foods, including nuts, seeds, and green leafy
vegetables. It acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from damage. While Vitamin E
deficiency is rare, certain conditions can lead to insufficient levels, and understanding its symptoms
is crucial.

Symptoms of Vitamin E Deficiency:
Neurological problems: One of the most serious symptoms of Vitamin E deficiency is peripheral
neuropathy, which involves damage to the peripheral nerves. It can cause numbness and tingling in
the hands and feet, muscle weakness, and difficulty with coordination.

Muscle weakness: Vitamin E is essential for the central nervous system. A deficiency can lead to
muscle weakness and impaired physical movement.
Immune response: Reduced levels of Vitamin E can weaken the immune system, increasing
susceptibility to infections.
Vision problems: Vitamin E plays a role in eye health, and its deficiency can lead to retinopathy,
which affects vision.
Reproductive issues: In severe cases, Vitamin E deficiency can impact reproductive health and lead
to problems like infertility.

Groups at Risk:
Individuals with fat-malabsorption disorders, such as Crohn’s disease or cystic fibrosis, and those
who consume extremely low-fat diets, may be at higher risk for deficiency.

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