Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) Blood Test, from our experts to you.
Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

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What is
vitamin E?

Vitamin E is an antioxidant important in protecting body tissue from damage caused by unstable substances called free radicals produced by cigarette smoke, sunlight, pollution, and chemical reactions in the body. Vitamin E helps to form red blood cells, keeping the immune system healthy and helping the body to use vitamin K.


What are good
sources of vitamin E?

Your body cannot make vitamin E as it is a fat-soluble vitamin your body cannot make it, so you must get it through your diet. Good sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils, eggs, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables.


How common is a
vitamin E deficiency?

In the UK, vitamin E deficiencies are rare. A vitamin E deficiency is more likely to occur in people with digestive system problems where nutrients are poorly absorbed, including pancreatic, gallbladder, coeliac and liver disease.


What's included?

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Vitamin E - Alpha Tocopherol Vitamin E is an antioxidant important in protecting body tissue from damage caused by unstable substances called free radicals, which are produced by cigarette smoke, sunlight, pollution and chemical reactions in the body. Vitamin E is also important in the formation of red blood cells, keeping the immune system healthy and helps the body to use vitamin K.

How to prepare
for your test

Special instructions

Prepare for your Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) Blood Test by following these instructions. Do not eat for 12 hours prior to your test. Drink plenty of water, if you take medication then you are allowed to take it as you would normally. You should take this test before you take any medication or vitamin/mineral supplements.


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