Vitamin E is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that supports muscle growth and repair after exercise. It acts as an antioxidant, a protective compound that your body uses to protect cells from the harmful effects of reactive chemicals that you encounter in the environment or that are produced as a by-product of healthy cellular functions.
This includes chemicals found in air pollutants, alcohol, solvents and some pharmaceuticals. Increased levels of reactive chemicals are linked to many chronic diseases that impact cardiovascular, digestive and skin health.
Vitamin C, co-enzyme q10, selenium, glutathione and beta carotene can improve the effectiveness of vitamin E.
Nuts, dark leafy greens and avocado are all great sources of vitamin E.
Your DNA has an impact on how your body metabolizes vitamin E. GSTP1 and ZPR1 likely play an indirect role in how your body regulates vitamin E levels. Both genes influence the storage and usage of fats, and may also influence the storage of vitamin E in these fat tissues.
Find out how your DNA influences your body’s ability to metabolize vitamin E and get expert recommendations with Athletigen’s Nutrition Report.