Vitamin E is the next vitamin in our vitamins and minerals series of topics. You can find about other vitamins in other articles including vitamins A and B1, vitamins B6 and B12, folate and vitamin C and vitamin D. But let’s talk about vitamin E today. This is often regarded as the “skin” vitamin because it’s so good to repair and feed our skin. Indeed, it’s often used to repair scar tissue, to feed dry skin and to smooth chapped lips. It’s a fat soluble compound and its main action is that of an antioxidant. Indeed, it’s one of the most powerful antioxidants available. This means that it chases after the nasty free radicals in our body and sends them packing. This keeps our tissues healthy. More technically it reduces damage caused by those free radicals in polyunsaturated fatty acids and this makes up part of each cell wall. This also means that it’s fabulous in creams because it’s antioxidant action can be used as a deterrent for the cream to “go off”.
Vitamin E often comes packaged in capsules and this a great way of keeping fresh. Bottled oil is useful of course but capsules will usually remain actively fresh for longer than their bottled counterparts.
It’s difficult to be deficient in vitamin E and simultaneously it’s difficult to overdose on it. While it’s fat soluble, it doesn’t store easily in the body and in fat as much as 70% of every daily dose it excreted through the faeces every day.
There’s some fascinating research around exploring how vitamin E can help prevent or slow the development of Parkinson’s disease. Because this is partly generated from oxidative stress, administering appropriate vitamin E doses can reduce the oxidative damage and slow the rate of Parkinson’s development. In 1997, there was a study done on the impact of high dose vitamin E and its relationship to cognitive decline and dementia in people with Alzheimer’s. The results were very encouraging and to date, vitamin E remains an important inclusion for Alzheimer’s patients.
Vitamin E also has a part to play in immunity too so a regular dose of this vitamin every day can help prevent infections and the common cold. For the elderly, because of gradual oxidative stress build up over the years, a good dose of vitamin E each day can help reduce the risk of contracting infections that could compromise already aging cells and body systems.
The RDI for adult women in Australia is 7 mg each day and for adult men, the RDI is 10 mg per day. While vitamin E is usually found in oils and fats, it is present to a lesser degree in vegetables and even in some cereals. You can find vitamin E is:
- Sunflower oil
- Safflower oil
- Olive oil and cottonseed oil
- Corn oil
- Animal fat (meat)
- Soya beans
- Wheat germ
- Egg yolk
So, don’t forget to include vitamin E as part of you daily intake to help keep your tissues healthy and reduce infection risks. If you’d like to know about how herbs can improve your health, please download my free eBook “Feel Healthy with Natural Therapies” and find out how you can regain your health and vitality. Put a link in here
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