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QOD: What are the best sources of vitamin E for my child?

Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage. This damage can lead to chronic disease, including heart disease and cancer. It is also involved in immune function.

Infants 0-6 months old need 4 milligrams (mg) per day; babies aged 7-12 months need 5 mg per day; toddlers aged 1-3 years need 6 mg each day; and children aged 4-8 years need 7 mg per day.

Good sources of vitamin E are: wheat germ oil, ready-to-eat cereal, sunflower seeds, almonds, sunflower oil, safflower oil, hazelnuts, mixed nuts, peanut butter, pine nuts, canola oil, olive oil, avocado, broccoli, kiwi, mango, tomato, and spinach.

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