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Introduction

Vitamin e is another fat soluble nutrient that functions as a beneficial antioxidant in the body by preventing the spread of free-radical reactions.[2]

There are approximately eight naturally occurring forms of vitamin E and only a-tocopherol is recognised to meet human needs.[1]

It is known to protect skin against harmful UV radiations and free radicals damage and hence it is an integral part of skin’s antioxidant defenses. [5]

Some studies indicate that vitamin e supplementation can help against skin wrinkling or photoprotection.[5]

Vitamins

Minerals

Vitamins Comparison

Retinol
(preformed vitamin A)

PLANT FOODS ( i )

0
mcg RAE
6%

Found abundantly in plant sources

ANIMAL FOODS ( i )

0
mcg RAE
16%

Found abundantly in animal sources.

Beta-carotene
(provitamin A)

PLANT FOODS ( i )

0
mcg RAE
75%

Present

ANIMAL FOODS ( i )

0
mcg RAE
65%

Absent

PLANT FOODS

Low

85%

ANIMAL FOODS

High

75%

PLANT FOODS

High

75%

ANIMAL FOODS

Low

85%

Minerals Comparison

Potassium

PLANT FOODS

Present in a wide variety of plant foods

85%

ANIMAL FOODS

Present in a wide variety of animal foods

75%

Phosphorus

PLANT FOODS

Present in lower amount and absorption rate than animal food

75%

ANIMAL FOODS

Present in higher amount with 40-70 % absorption rate more than plant foods

85%

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