Vitamin E, Its Ups and Downs

One with a meal, but some need to work up to it, and others need more.

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What are some common sources of Vitamin E?

Whole Grains

Nuts

Green Leafy Vegetables

Vegetable Oils (cold pressed)

Legumes

Eggs

Milk

Oatmeal

Sweet Potato

Brown Rice

Liver (desiccated)

Soy Beans

Why the natural dalpha-tocopherols form of E?

We can buy synthetic Vitamin E at a lower cost, but that might be penny wise and pound foolish. The natural d-alpha-tocopherols are the more active, so serve the body more effectively. Taking just one a day, or even as much as one with each of our three meals a day, makes the small savings of the dl form less important than the d-alpha's better activity.

Some Cautions

If you are taking inorganic Iron (such as ferrous sulfate) take your Iron and E separately as the inorganic form can destroy the Vitamin E. That is not a problem with organic Iron, so ask you health professional to provide the organic form (such as ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate.)

If you are taking blood thinners, get your health professional's advice on how much E to take each day (probably not over 1,200 International Units per day.)

If you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or hyperthyroidism, get professional advice on supplementing with Vitamin E.

Good news....

Maintaining the proper level of Vitamin E requires that we also maintain our levels of Zinc.

We can keep our Vitamin E actively performing its antioxidant function by pairing it with regular consumption of fruits and other sources of Vitamin C that will restore E's ability to keep performing its antioxidant role in fighting free radicals which interfere with keeping ourselves healthy into our golden elder years.

This article has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Keep your health one of your top priorities.

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Ericdierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very cool stuff to know. I will rethink my E intake. Thank you


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - Others have apparently written on different "Ups and Downs" subjects, but allowing our health to have "Ups and Downs" is not a very good idea.

I'm glad this got you thinking about your health.


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PAINTDRIPS 22 months ago from Fresno CA

Very informative. I appreciate the information. I thought E was to help in skin health and recovering from surgery... that kind of thing.


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

PAINTDRIPS - You are correct in thinking that E (the oil) can help reduce scarring from cuts and surgery. Just apply regularly to the healing area. You are also correct in being surprised that E has many other roles as part of its essential nature.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida

I try and take one Vit E capsule each day. I've read it helps in keeping wrinkles away!! Also, I think it's good for my heart. I also open a capsule and apply to any cut or scrape to help it heal.


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

mary615 - You have hit some major highlights of E. Pay attention to taking Iron and E separately, and restoring the activity of E with Vitamin C, and you'll have the best benefits of the E you take.


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aviannovice 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

If we don't look out for ourselves, nobody else can. Good points.


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Perspycacious 22 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - If we don't look out for our can, nobody else will!

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