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.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, September 2020