Vitamin E

Category: Antioxidant, Eye Health

Vitamin E is a fat dissoluble vitamin. Vitamin E is often thought of as a single compound, but actually it’s a group of eight fat-soluble compounds with powerful antioxidant effects. Of these eight chemical forms, alpha-tocopherol best meets the dietary requirements of humans.

Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol)
Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol)


  • Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that helps protect your cells — including your eye cells — from damage by free radicals, which are harmful, unstable molecules.
  • Vitamin E, an antioxidant, may help protect your eyes against damaging free radicals. It’s used in a daily supplement called AREDS as a potential treatment for AMD, and high amounts in your diet may be associated with a reduced risk of cataracts.
  • Dysmenorrhea is a condition characterized by severe and frequent menstrual pain, such as cramps and pelvic pain. Promisingly, research suggests vitamin E supplements may reduce pain in women with this condition.
  • Because vitamin E plays important roles in health, such as reducing inflammation and improving immune function, supplements may benefit people who have increased needs or don’t get enough in their diets, such as some older adults.