Vitamin E Benefits


What are the known vitamin E benefits?  The list is long and we examine it in this article....



e What Can Vitamin E Do For You?

This amazing vitamin, also known as tocopherol,
is a powerful biological antioxidant which plays a role in maintaining the body's immune system. Lets look at the list of vitamin E benefits:

  • Retards cellular aging through oxidation keeping you looking younger.


  • Aids the production of sex hormones.

  • Enhances fertility.

  • Helps alleviate leg cramping (charley horse).

  • Enhances the nervous system.

  • Aids in cell respiration.

  • Increases endurange by enhancing the body's oxygen supply.

  • Works with vitamin A to protect lungs against polluted air.

  • Dissolves and prevents blood clots.

  • Decreases fatigue.

  • Used externally it can prevent the formation of thick scar tissue on the skin.

  • Builds body tissure, muscle fiber and blood vessels.

  • Acts as an anticancer, anticlotting and cholesterol reduction agent.

  • Is necessary for absorption of iron.

  • Protects fat-soluable vitamins.

  • Helps burns heal more rapidly.

  • Acts as a diuretic helping to reduce blood pressure.

  • Useful in lessening the possibility of miscarriages.

  • Slows terminal diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Sources

Natural foods which can provide the vitamin E benefits include:

  • Wheat germ oil

  • Soybean oil

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Walnuts

  • Whole grains

  • Eggs

  • Peanuts

  • Safflower/sunflower oil

  • oatmeal

  • beef liver

  • tomatoes

  • all seeds and nuts

  • peas

  • beans

  • corn

Toxicity and Overdose

There are no essential toxic effects known for vitamin E, however anyone with overactive thyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure or  rheumatic heart disease should use caution if starting to use supplements of this vitamin, generally starting with small doses and increasing over time.  Over time the diuretic effect of vitamin E will help lower blood pressure.

If using high levels of supplements, these should be reduced gradually to avoid a sudden change.


Tips and Hints

  • People who consume high levels of polyunsaturated oils may need increased vitamin E.

  • Iron supplements using inorganic iron such as ferrous sulphate are incompatible with vitamin E. If using these wait at least 8 hours before taking vitamin E.

  • Organic forms of iron such as ferrous gluconate, peptonate, citrate or fumarate do not destroy vitamin E and may be used together without difficulty.

  • People who drink chlorinated water may require higher amounts of vitamin E.

  • Women going through menopause can benefit from increased intake of vitamin E.

  • Although vitamin E is fat-soluable it is not stored well in the body and as much as 70 percent of daily consumption is eliminated in feces.

Daily Requirements

The minimum amount of Vitamin E which adults should consume is 400 IU (International Units) with an upper limit for supplements set at 1200 IU.

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