12 Signs that You Have Vitamin E Deficiency and What You Can Do About It

12 Signs that You Have Vitamin E Deficiency and What You Can Do About It

4. You have super dry and over-baked skin


Having super dry and over-baked skin, in spite of regular and constant moisturizing, may very well be due to Vitamin E deficiency. It leads to dryness as it is responsible for keeping our skin nourished and hydrated. In fact, vitamin E is one of the important ingredients used in moisturizers and lotions. Vitamin E is also known for its anti-aging properties. It protects our skin against damaging elements in the environment around us like smog, UV rays of the sun and smoke.

5. You have poor reflexes and balance issues

Next time, before you blame your butter fingers or clumsiness, check the amount of vitamin E intake in your diet. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and its absence causes oxidation stress on cells and tissues. In other words, more free radicals are created. Deficiency of this vitamin can also cause a breakdown of the central nervous system, cause coordination problems, poor reflexes and nerve degeneration in hands and feet.

6. Your muscles feel weak

Another symptom of vitamin E deficiency is myopathy- a condition where muscle fibers do not function, resulting in muscular weakness. You may find normal movements posing challenges. Deficiency of vitamin E combined with deficiency of selenium—an essential mineral found in very small amounts—can cause severe cases of myopathy. Selenium can be best found in tuna, sunflower seeds, oysters, oats and mushrooms, to name a few.


7. You may lose interest in sex

One of the lesser known signs of vitamin E deficiency is a reduced sex drive. Adequate amount of vitamin E is required for maintaining a healthy sex life. The next time you don’t feel up to it, don’t simply blame the ubiquitous headache. Pump up your vitamin E levels. It is also needed for a healthy reproductive system as it helps in better blood circulation and repairs tissue damage. Apart from a decreased sex drive, hot flashes and dryness, deficiency in vitamin E can also lead to a host of fertility problems, both in men and women. It may cause abortions, miscarriages and infertility in women; sterility, impotence and enlarged prostrate in men.


8. You are losing hair

Daily hair loss is experienced by all.  It is one of those problems that is universal, unisexual, omnipresent and omnipotent. From too less vitamins in the diet to an excess intake of vitamins, from heredity to hormones, pregnancy to chemotherapy, physical stress to anemia—the causes are many. While deficiency of vitamin E might not be the only cause of hair loss, it is surely one of the more cost-effective solutions for this problem. Vitamin E does not just strengthen your hair follicles, it also keeps your scalp healthy due to its circulation and antioxidant properties. Applying vitamin E oil to hair is one of the quick fixes for shiny hair.  

9. You take longer to recover from illness

Vitamin E is required for a strong and healthy immune system. Along with selenium, it helps in building antibodies and improves the functioning of our immune system. Low vitamin E in the system can make recovery from infectious diseases a longer haul than usual.

10. Your wounds take longer to heal

Wounds caused due to accident, or a surgical process, go through a complex recovery process that involves compounds, blood cells, immune system and tissues. To increase the metabolic activity that occurs during the healing process, certain nutrients are needed, vitamin E being one of them. Deficiency of vitamin E can cause prolonged healing time. What is worse, the scar may never disappear.


11. Your child does not eat well

If your child was born with low weight, chances are that s/he will end up with vitamin E deficiency in the growth years. You need to keep an eye on your child’s eating pattern. Slow growth, poor eating habits, rapid weight loss in infants can all be due to inadequate vitamin E. Ptosis, droopy upper eyelids, in infants may also be due to the same reason.

12. Your digestive system is poor

Low levels of vitamin E may be one of the causes for your digestive system to malfunction. The result: poor absorption of nutrients. This one is really a Catch 22 situation.  Fat malabsorption, an abnormality in absorption of nutrients across the gastrointestinal tract, is one of the reasons for vitamin E deficiency. The deficiency, in turn, aggravates the problem. This may lead to diseases in liver, gall bladder and pancreas.

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