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Vitamin E is a vitamin that dissolves fat and is required for the proper function of many organs in our bodies. It is found in many foods, such as vegetable oil, cereals, meat, poultry, eggs, fruits, veggies and wheat germ oil. Vitamin E deficiencies are extremely rare, but if you aren’t getting the amount of vitamin E that you need every day (1,500 IUs) from your food, it is also available in supplement form. (via WebMD)

A vitamin E deficiency would most likely be the result of a genetic disorder, or could occur in low-weight premature infants. You can also be vitamin E deficient if you are on an extremely low-fat diet.

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Vitamin E can be used for prevention of and treatment for many diseases, such as heart attacks, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and even cancer. Women specifically use vitamin E in treating PMS, painful periods, menopausal syndrome, hot flashes associated with breast cancer, breast crysts, and for preventing complications in late pregnancy due to blood pressure.

Because of vitamin E’s ability to boost your immune system and healthy hair, skin and nails, it is also sometimes used to lessen the effects of aggressive treatments such as radiation and dialysis. It can even be applied directly to the skin to protect against against the effects of chemicals used in chemotherapy.