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Antioxidant - Vitamin E

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is the most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant in the body and one of the most efficient chain-breaking antioxidants available. Primary defender against oxidation. It has the most effect on lipid peri-oxidation. Vitamin E an essential antioxidant to protect cell membranes from lipid irritation and breakdown and counteracts some of the negative effects of air pollution chemicals and metals.

Sources: Vitamin E is found in nuts, green leafy vegetables, vegetable and fish oils, whole grains (esp. wheat germ), fortified cereals, apricots, whole grains, asparagus and seeds..

Current recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 15 IU per day for men and 12 IU per day for women. By defending against LDL oxidation and artery-clogging plaque formation, Vitamin E may protect against cardiovascular disease.

 

As an antioxidant, Vitamin E:

  • protects essential fatty acids and red blood cells from oxidising.
  • aids anti-blood clotting agenst
  • promotes normal red-blood cell formation. V
  • promotes healthy, moist skin
  • supports development of nerve and muscle function.
  • protect Vitamin A stores in the body
  • prevents and reduces skin pigment spots, which normally increases with age, hence it's anti-aging properties.
  • preventing dry and dull hair as well as possibly hair-loss
  • speed the formation of new skin

 

Types of Vitamin E

The two main groups of Vitamin E are:

  1. Tocopherols
  2. Tocotrienols

Tocopherols - There are many forms of tocopherols (Vitamin E); the most active form of tocopherols is being the alphas.

Other types include the beta, gamma and delta found present in food supplies.

Tocopherols are found in conjunction with plant oils, concentrated in grains and seeds as wheat germ oil, sunflower seed oil, etc.

Tocotrienols - are also divided into l: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta, all having vitamin E activity - reportedly 40 to 60 times more potent as antioxidan.

Tocotrienols have also demonstrated some effects in lowering cholesterol.

Natural forms of Vitamin E, although more expensive, are much more effective than cheaper synthetics.

 

Vitamin E Products

Vitamin E can be taken orally to benefit the whole body, or applied topically to the skin, especially effective in wound healing.

Vitamin E is most commonly supplied in soft capsules; which can become rancid if not stored correctly, or for too long.

For this reason, the preferred form of Vitamin E is in dry powdered form (no suspending oil). Although this form (D-alpha tocopherol succinate) is the most expensive, it is much more powerful and effective as an antioxidant .

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