New York: If you believe that vitamin E deficiency never occurs, you are most likely mistaken. According to a new study, adequate levels of this essential micronutrient are critical for the very young, the elderly, and pregnant women.
It is important throughout your life, but the most compelling evidence about vitamin E is about a 1,000-day window that begins at conception,’ said Maret Traber, a professor in Oregon State University’s college of public health and human sciences.
‘Vitamin E is essential for neurologic and brain development, which can only occur during that time period.’ ‘You can’t make up for it later,’ she added.
A lifetime supply of vitamin E is also essential, but this is often complicated by the fact that this nutrient is one of the most difficult to obtain through diet alone.
Nuts, seeds, spinach, wheat germ, and sunflower oil are some of the best dietary sources of vitamin E.
Traber summarised some of the most recent vitamin E research findings in a review of multiple studies.
Inadequate vitamin E, she claims, is linked to increased infection, anaemia, stunted growth, and poor outcomes for both the infant and the mother during pregnancy.
Overt deficiency can result in neurological disorders, muscle deterioration, and even cardiomyopathy, especially in children.
‘According to one study, higher vitamin E concentrations at birth were associated with improved cognitive function in two-year-old children,’ she said.
‘Vitamin E supplements do not appear to prevent the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease, but they have shown benefit in slowing its progression,’ Traber added.
She advised all people to take a vitamin E supplement in order to meet the estimated average requirement.
The research was published in the journal Advances in Nutrition.