Monday, October 17, 2011

Vitamin E

I'm doing a series on vitamins and minerals and have posted on Vitamin AB Vitamins, Vitamin C & Vitamin D already. I'm researching them for my own benefit and want to share what I find out about them here.

Vitamin E

What is it? It is a fat-soluable antioxident.

Why do we need it? It's antioxidant activities reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer. It also keeps LDL "bad" cholesterol from turning into oxidized LDL which leads to heart disease. It improves healing of wounds and reduces scar formation.

How much do we need?
RDA for supplement is 400IU.
Those who are taking blood-thining or anticlotting meds and those with high blood pressure should consult their care provider before taking a supplement.

Where do we get Vitamin E?
wheat germ oil
vegetable oils
whole grains
egg yolks
leafy green vegetables

It is rare to have a severe deficiency in vitamin E and as mentioned above it's important to have a sufficient amount to reduce your risks of heart disease and cancer.

Studies have shown that topical vitamins E and C can protect and treat skin damaged by UV rays.
Topical vitamin E induces smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles in sensitive areas of the face.
Evidence also indicates that vitamin E may be useful in the treatment of existing cancer. When vitamin E was given to cancer patients in a clinical trial, the nutrient appeared to protect normal cells from the effects of chemotherapy without protecting the cancer cells.
It promotes normal blood clotting, aids in preventing cataracts and strengthens capillary walls.

This is just an overview of the vitamin and by no means is a comprehensive study with all information. Please consult your health care provider if you have concerns.
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