Why do I need vitamin E?

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Your body needs vitamin E to boost its immune system so it can fight off invading bacteria and viruses. It helps to widen blood vessels and keep blood from clotting within them. In addition, vitamin E is our body's major fat-soluble antioxidant. Antioxidants fight free radicals—compounds formed when our bodies convert the food we eat into energy. People are also exposed to free radicals in the environment from cigarette smoke, air pollution and ultraviolet light.

Many vitamins such as A and D are stored primarily in the liver, but 90 percent of your body's vitamin E reserve is stored in body fat. Therefore, virtually every tissue has some vitamin E providing protection within every cell membrane.

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