We think of Vitamin E as the queen of antioxidants. There have been many studies in prestigious medical articles supporting the benefits of this vitamin that we cannot imagine how any responsible health professional could not appreciate its value.
Vitamin E is often referred to as alpha-tocopherol, which is the most biologically active form of the tocopherols. The term tocopherol translated from Greek means “to bear children.” Therefore, vitamin E has been referred to as the “fertility” or antisterility vitamin.
Vitamin E is very important as the body’s most significant fat-soluble antioxidant. It prevents cell membranes and cholesterol from becoming damaged by the process of oxidation which is similar to the chemical process that leads to rusting in metal and rotting in fruits and vegetables.
It is important to know that no matter how conscious you are with your diet, you won’t be able to get enough vitamin E without supplement.
Vitamin E appears very safe. Contrary to an old myth, it does not raise blood pressure. The possibility does exist, however, that vitamin E might interact with anticoagulants such as Coumadin (warfarin) to increase the risk of bleeding. Anyone on Coumadin should check with a doctor about this interaction before adding vitamin E to a personal regimen.
How Vitamin E Can Make You Look Younger:
- Vitamin E helps in healthy blood circulation therefore feeding all the cells in the body with proper nutrients. When all cells in the body receive proper nutrient you will feel energized and your skin, eyes, and hair will look healthy and beautiful.
- Vitamin E helps normalize blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
- Vitamin E helps to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Vitamin E inhibits oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol, thereby helping to guard against plaque formation in the arteries known as atheroscleorosis.
- Vitamin E is important for reducing muscle inflammation and soreness from strenuous exercise.
- Vitamin E decreases the incidence of prostate cancer.
Food Sources of Vitamin E: Nuts, Seeds, Whole grains, Vegetable oils, Egg yolk, Green leafy vegetables,
Available Dosage: Vitamin E comes in 100-200, or 400-IU capsules. It is also available in liquid.
Note: Recent studies have found that our bodies absorb the natural form of vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) more effectively than the synthetic kind (dl-alpha tocopherol). You’ll pay more for the natural kind, however.
How much to take: Aim for 100 to 400 IU, recommends doctors. Take vitamin E with a meal that contains a small amount of fat. You’ll absorb it better.