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Vitamin E and running


Sunflower seeds are a great way for you, and birds to get all the vitamin E you need.

We’ve already covered everything from super-stars like Vitamin C, to the neglected vitamin K, to the misnamed vitamin D(it is actually a hormone), so it’s about time we examine vitamin E.

Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble nutrient with antioxidant effects, in contrast to vitamin C which is water-soluble. This means that vitamin E needs to be consumed with fat to get properly absorbed, and once in the body is stored in fatty tissue which it helps protect from oxidative damage. Like so many other vitamins, and in particular the fat-soluble vitamins, vitamin E can be toxic in high doses.

Now let’s see if vitamin E did anything for runners. According to the Department of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK, in Vitamin E supplementation does not alter physiological performance at fixed blood lactate concentrations in trained runners:


Daily VE supplementation for 35 days does not enhance or impair physiological performance at fixed blood lactate concentrations. Long-term VE supplementation for the purposes of performance enhancement is not recommended.

Yet another nutrient that doesn’t give you superpowers. There’s really no need for anyone to take supplemental vitamin E, unless your doctor tells you to because you have a rare disorder. Supplementation does nothing for runners, and probably isn’t necessary for people in general. Just some eat nuts, seeds, whole-grains, and leafy greens on a regular basis and you will get all the vitamin E you need.