5 Amazing Vitamin E Benefits for Men

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

There are many amazing vitamin E benefits for men, as well as for women who choose to supplement their diet with this vitamin.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a very important group of vitamins that play a key role in many enzymatic and metabolic processes in the body, while also acting as an antioxidant. Vitamin E comes in two main forms, tocopherols and tocotrienols, but the only form that is available to us through our food is alpha-tocopherol. Vitamin E is only found in plant-based foods, including various seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and oils. Vitamin E is known as an enzyme activator, as well as a fat-soluble antioxidant, making it one of the most versatile vitamins in our body.

Even though vitamin E is so important, many people are deficient in the nutrient, so it is a very popular supplement in health circles. Without vitamin E, many basic processes would become less efficient, and our body’s immune system would be compromised. For men, vitamin E is particularly important for certain key reasons.

Vitamin E Benefits for Men

The top vitamin E benefits for men include the following:

  • Improved sperm motility
  • Boosted heart health
  • Anticancer effects
  • Improved libido
  • Boosted immune system
Doctor with a stethoscope, holding a board that says vitamin E

Vitamin E deficiency is extremely rare in humans. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Sperm Health

When it comes to bearing children, men must not only have enough sperm to impregnate their partner, but that sperm must also have good motility to implant itself in the egg. Research and anecdotal evidence has shown that proper levels of vitamin E will help sperm motility and overall sperm health, thus increasing your ability to conceive a child. [1]


Along with increased sperm motility and boosted sexual health, you will also feel an increase in libido when you regularly take vitamin E. An increased sex drive, particularly as you get older, can be the difference between having a child or not, so pop a vitamin E supplement next time you want to get in the mood! [2]

Heart Health

This fat-soluble antioxidant is able to improve the health of the heart by stopping the oxidation of cholesterol, thus preventing it from building up in the arteries and blood vessels. This will lower your risk of atherosclerosis, as well as reducing the danger of heart attacks and strokes. Studies have also linked high vitamin E levels with a lower rate of coronary heart disease. [3]

Anticancer Potential

While the anticancer effects of vitamin E are not completely established yet, a study published in the Cancer Prevention Research journal highlights how it could be helpful as an anticancer agent. It notes that vitamin E intake which is rich in γ- and δ-tocopherols are more suitable for fighting cancer rather than the varieties rich in α-tocopherol. A 2019 study has also confirmed that the anticancer potential of vitamin E might be linked to genetic variation. [4]

Immune System

Antioxidants are always helpful to lower the strain on the immune system and ensure that the body remains protected from external pathogens, as well as chronic diseases that can develop internally. [6]

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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