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Vitamin E and the Health Benefits

Updated on May 21, 2014

Vitamin E

Vitamin E ~ Your Health

Vitamin E is a very important vitamin for your health and your beauty. What is vitamin E? This is a vitamin that is found in a variety of foods, a fat-soluble vitamin that is a key antioxidant. Vitamin E protects against free radicals. Free radicals are things that are made when our bodies convert the food we consume into energy for our bodies.

Did you know that free radicals can cause many different problems? They cause damage in our bodies can, and many times do cause various cancers. Free radicals are also found around us from air pollution, cigarette smoke, and ultraviolet rays emitted from the sun.

Not only can vitamin E help to protect us against the free radicals but it will help to boost the immune system also. I don’t have to tell you how important your immune system is, this is what protects you from so many things, things like cancer, bacteria and viruses.

What else can vitamin E do for me? Well it helps your body to keep your blood vessels widened, and helps to keep the blood from clotting in them. Also, did you know that the cells in your body use vitamin E for communication? They use vitamin E to interact with one another and support the body in performing its’ many functions.

Benefits

  1. Antioxidant as talked about above.

  2. Protects the lung cells of the body and helps them to fight disease

  3. Can protect against heart disease

  4. May slow down the effects of aging

  5. Helps to protect against cancer

  6. Helps to protect against stroke

  7. Helps to prevent cataracts

  8. Reduces the growth of tumors

  9. Boosts the immune system

  10. Seems to help with diabetes, it improves the affects of insulin and blood glucose metabolism

  11. Reduces oxidative stress

  12. Helps to keep the nervous system healthy

  13. Appears to prevent the breakdown of mental faculties that are caused by age, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.

  14. Vitamin E helps with cramps in the legs due to exercise

  15. It is used in premature babies to help prevent ad reduce any oxygen damage to the retina of the eye that is or may be caused by artificial ventilation.

  16. When applied to cuts it seems to help them heal better and faster

  17. Some women report that vitamin E helps with hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.

  18. Seems to improve short term memory in some adults

Home Remedy Uses for Vitamin E

  1. Vitamin E capsules for the skin ~ can be used directly on the skin for moisturizing

  2. Use in preventing wrinkles, some of the first signs of aging

  3. Helps to reduce scars and scarring of the skin, apply the vitamin E to the skin (for use in burns, cuts, scrapes and surgery scars)

  4. Helps skin to heal faster

  5. Helps to lighten aging spots (brown spots)

  6. Can be used as a moisturizer

  7. For use on the cuticles of the fingers ~ helps to treat dry, cracked cuticles.

What Foods Have the Most Vitamin E?

  1. Vegetable oils – sunflower, wheat germ and safflower have the most

  2. Nuts such as hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts

  3. Seeds such as sunflower seeds

  4. Many green vegetables like broccoli and spinach

  5. Today many companies add vitamin E to breakfast cereals, margarines, spreads, fruit juices and other foods.

  6. You can always opt for a vitamin supplement

Are you getting enough vitamin E?

Most healthy Americans are getting enough vitamin E due to the supplementation of many foods on the market today. But, what if you are not getting what you need of vitamin E? Studies have shown that most healthy people will rarely experience a lack of this vitamin, however; there are certain diseases that can cause this to happen.

It you or someone you know has cystic fibrosis, certain rare genetic diseases, or Chrohn’s disease they will cause a vitamin E deficiency which can lead to more problems.

What can a lack of this vitamin do?

If you lack this vitamin you may experience muscle and nerve damage. When you have this damage it can cause a loss of feeling in the limbs (arms and legs) and a loss of body control along with muscle weakness, and vision loss. One of the other defining factors is the decline in the immune system.

Finally, is there anything that reacts with vitamin E?

  • Are you taking anticoagulants or anticoagulant medicines? If so, vitamin E can increase your risk of bleeding.

  • If you are taking any antioxidant supplements you should talk to your doctor as they can alter the effect of certain cancer treatments or therapies.

velzipmur a.k.a Shelly Wyatt


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