Nutrition for the Brain: Vitamin E

Foods rich in vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant as outlined in Dr. Robert Melillo’s book “The Disconnected Kids The Nutrition Plan.” This series, “Nutrition for the Brain,” will explore the nutrients that are most important to brain development and childhood health.


Vitamin E protects the brain from the daily barrage of free radicals and oxidative stress. Studies show that when combined with selenium, vitamin E helps improve mood and cognitive function. A vitamin E deficiency prevents the brain from getting the building blocks it needs in order to function optimally.


Studies suggest that children with lower concentrations of vitamin E have more behavior problems, temper tantrums, learning problems, and sleep disturbances than children with higher levels. In addition, a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E may lead to speech improvements in autistic children with verbal disorders. 


Vitamin E is not abundant in many foods and therefore supplementation may be warranted under the direction of a licensed physician (400 IU, taken as a mixed tocopherol). Some food sources of vitamin E include:

  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Almonds
  • Olive Oil
  • Peanut Butter
  • Spinach

More information on vitamin E can be found on page 106 of my book “The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan.”


  Nutrition for the Brain Vitamin E Infographic


Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan

Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of The Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain.

Disclaimer: The information presented on this web site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment of specific medical conditions. Discuss this information with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you and your family.

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