Vitamin E is an antioxidant, though the name actually refers to a group of eight chemical compounds. The molecules are fat soluble. Since they won't break down in water, the nutrient is best absorbed when eaten with a slightly fatty meal.
Vitamin E is known for its many medical and cosmetic benefits, protecting your cell membranes against harmful free radicals.
How much you should have: The recommended amount of vitamin E is 15 milligrams per day for men and women alike. Some labels give daily values in International Units (IU)—1 mg is equal to 1.5 IU.
Pregnant women should continue to consume about 15 mg of vitamin E on a daily basis, though women who are nursing should aim for 19 mg.