Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin with antioxidant properties. It increases the oxygen uptake of the blood and therefore promotes healthy circulation. How does that help your hair you may ask? Well, by improving circulation, you improve the blood supply to the scalp thus promoting healthier hair and hair growth.
Vitamin E also boosts the immune system by stimulating the production of cells that destroy germs and cancer cells and is rumoured to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Recommended dietary allowance: 15 mg/20IU daily
Safe to consume: up to 1,000IU daily (see overdosage below)
Food sources: green leafy vegetables, mango, kiwi, soybeans, wheat germ oil, broccoli, grains, spinach, dried beans, nuts, eggs, wheat germ oil, almonds, sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, hazelnuts, peanuts
Overdosage: Taking high amounts of Vitamin E is not recommended as it is a fat soluble vitamin and can inhibit the absorption of other vitamins. Researchers believe that 100 – 200IU daily is sufficient. Side effects can include weakness, headache, blurred vision and diarrhea. Better be safe than sorry.