Vitamin E is one complex of 8 different antioxidants: tocopherols and tocotritenols. The only form that human body can withhold is alpha tocoferol.
Benefits of vitamin E
Vitamin E is strong antioxidant that prevents oxidative stress and fights free radicals that have harmful effect on the body.
One of its main functions is regulation of the level of vitamin A in the organism. Vitamin E can also prevent heart attack and stroke by lowering the level of LDL cholesterol in the blood. It can prevent all kind of muscle cramps. This vitamin can suppress the negative effects of air pollution in the lungs. It can protect DNA cells from damages that cause various kinds of cancer; slows the progress of cancer cells and boosts the immune system. Vitamin E helps control the level of sugar in the blood, improves digestion of glucose and increases body’s resistance to insulin. It can soothe symptoms of menopause, especially heat waves. This vitamin can also regulate reproductive hormones, improves mobility of sperm and helps with fibrocystic diseases of the breasts. Vitamin E is well known for its benefits for healthy eyes. It prevents cataract and macular degeneration. It can help with arthritis caused pain as well as every kind of muscle pain
Vitamin E has amazing benefits for the skin. It can help treatments of extremely dry skin. Speeds up healing and prevents scaring of skin and also prevents damaging of skin and reduces signs of premature aging of skin. Vitamin E is useful in treating of some skin diseases as psoriasis, eczema and acne.
Signs of vitamin E deficiency
When the organism is deficient in vitamin E it can’t do its normal functions properly, which will result in various health problems. Among the most common signs of vitamin E deficiency are problems with liver, pancreas and bile, pain and loss of feeling in the arms and legs, digestive problems and anemia. Deficiency of vitamin E often causes skin problems as dry skin and sensitive skin as well as problems with the eyes.
How much vitamin E your body needs?
The recommended daily intake of vitamin E varies according to the age of the person. While babies need 4-5 mg, children from 6-11 mg, adults up to 15 mg of vitamin E a day.
Natural sources of vitamin E
The best natural sources of vitamin E are the natural oils, nuts, seeds, avocado, leafy green vegetables and cereal, as well as some fruits like mango, kiwi etc. Food that is rich with vitamin E should not be cooked, because the vitamin is sensitive to heat. It should be also stored properly because this vitamin is also sensitive to oxygen. Vitamin C and zinc will improve the ability of the organism to absorb vitamin E.
When you need vitamin E supplements?
Even though overdose of vitamin E is very rare, it is recommended to consult medical expert if you decide to use vitamin E supplements. Vitamin E supplements are recommended to people that smoke or drink excess amounts of alcohol, people that don’t eat enough healthy fats, those that live in polluted areas, people that suffer from chronic stress, are submitted to extreme workout programs, as well as people that have heart diseases or cancer in the family.