Vitamin E or tocopherol is a fat-soluble vitamin important as an antioxidant.
Vitamin E is actually a group of related compounds, of which alpha-tocopherol is the most abundant. It is important for the immune system, endocrine system and sex glands. The vitamin prevents atherosclerosis and improves wound healing.
Deficiencies are very rare, especially in adults but symptoms include fluid retention and haemolytic anaemia.
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Vitamin E is an important antioxidant and anticoagulant.
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