Vitamin E Benefits
No matter how healthy your diet is; most foods, however organic they may be, simply can’t provide us with enough of some elements our body requires to stay healthy. This is where supplements come in handy lets look at one of those supplements in particular – vitamin E.
Why Vitamin E
Vitamin E, by itself, is a very powerful antioxidant. The clue is in its name: “anti” (meaning “preventing”) and “oxidant” (meaning “oxygen”). What vitamin E does, as a result, is prevent oxidation. While oxygen is vital for us to survive and breathe, it can also cause so called “oxidative damage” to our cells, tissues and organs. Vitamin E stops this from happening.
A lot of the times, however, when buying supplements, you will often see vitamin E combined with something else, such as vitamin A. This is because vitamin A is highly unstable and will degrade as soon as it is exposed to oxygen. In this case, vitamin E plays a role in preventing premature oxidation of vitamin A and allows it to pass into our bloodstream, where it does its work.
That doesn’t mean though, that vitamin E isn’t important on its own. Among other benefits, this vitamin has a positive effect on various skin conditions (such as acne, eczema and even signs of ageing); onset of mental illnesses such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia; lowers the risk of pulmonary diseases (meaning, diseases associated with our breathing system) in both smokers and non-smokers and has an overall benefit for our immune systems combined with the health benefits of drinking water.
Vitamin E in Our Diets
As I have already mentioned – supplements are a very popular source of various vitamins and minerals. But vitamin E can be found in easily-accessible foods as well. In nuts, for example, such as almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts; in green vegetables, such as asparagus, avocados, broccoli and olives and oils, such as corn oil, cod liver oil and sunflower oil. Muesli is a great source of vitamin E, because it’s both delicious and contains all the vitamin E-rich products as well.
Vitamin E Fact Sheet
Before taking vitamin E supplements (or any other kinds of supplements for that matter) make sure to consult with your doctor beforehand. There are certain things, such as anticoagulants and fish oil, for example, that shouldn’t be taken together with vitamin E and could even harm you if taken at the same time. So make sure you are well informed.
The name “vitamin E” is essentially wrong because it makes it sound as though there is a single vitamin involved. In fact, vitamin E is a complex combination of eight compounds called tocopherols and tocotrienols and should be included in every person’s diet.
Speaking of diets; it is important to remember that every supplement you take must be a part of a healthy lifestyle – if you lead a life of a “couch potato” and regularly eat in fast-food chains, vitamin E will have very little effect on your health. But if you exercise regularly, eat healthy and take supplements & on top of that partake in the benefits of meditation– your body will be endlessly thankful to you.