Which vitamin could you live without the longest?

Vitamins are vital to the efficient functioning of the body, but some are more vital than others.

14th March 2016
Which vitamin could you live without the longest? (Getty)

Asked by: Richard Moore, Liverpool

Vitamin E. Adults only need 15mg a day and you’d get that from three tablespoons of sunflower or rapeseed oil, as well as lots of other common foods. The only people who normally suffer from vitamin E deficiency are those with another disorder, such as cystic fibrosis, that interferes with its absorption.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects your nerves and retinas from damage caused by free radicals. But even people born with a genetic disorder that prevents them from using vitamin E don’t develop symptoms for at least the first four years. Although the disorder can cause blindness and muscle weakness, it isn’t normally fatal.