The German Nutrition Society said that vitamin E deficiency attacks some groups, and it concerns people whose bodies are no longer able to absorb fats from food properly, given that vitamin E is one of the fat-soluble vitamins. So it enters the body with dietary fats.
The association explained that diseases that lead to difficulty absorbing fats from food properly include:
- Cystic fibrosis.
- Short bowel syndrome.
- Chronic pancreatitis.
In addition, vitamin E deficiency can be hereditary, such as Baassen-Kornsweig syndrome, a congenital disorder of fat metabolism.
Symptoms of vitamin E deficiency
Symptoms of vitamin E deficiency are:
- Constant fatigue.
- Decreased ability to exert effort.
- Neurological problems such as poor balance and coordination, sensory nerve damage, paralysis symptoms, and muscle weakness.
The association explained that the body of an adult person needs vitamin E at a rate ranging from 12 to 15 milligrams per day, noting that the body can be supplied with this vitamin by eating foods rich in it, such as wheat germ, wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, and sunflower oil. Olives and nuts such as hazelnuts and almonds.
In the case of severe deficiency, one can resort to taking nutritional supplements containing vitamin E under the supervision of a doctor.