Vitamin E acts as a powerful antioxidant by neutralizing free radicals in the body that cause tissue and cellular damage. Vitamin E also contributes to a healthy circulatory system and aids in proper blood clotting and improves wound healing. Some studies have shown that vitamin E decreases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and certain types of breast disease.
Other studies have shown that taking large doses of Vitamin E has decreased the risk of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). Animal studies have suggested that vitamin E does slow the development of atherosclerosis, but the American Heart Association doesn't recommend using supplements until the effects are proven in large-scale, carefully controlled clinical trials.
Nutritionists categorize vitamins by the materials that a vitamin will dissolve in. There are two categories: water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitaminsâ€”vitamins A, D, E and Kâ€”are stored in the fat tissues of the body for a few days to up to six months. If you get too much of a fat-soluble vitamin, it can be stored in your liver and may sometimes cause health problems. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin.
Some people take mega-doses of fat-soluble vitamins, which can lead to toxicity. Eating a normal diet of foods rich in these vitamins won't cause a problem. Remember, you only need small amounts of any vitamin.
Some health problems can make it hard for a person's body to absorb these vitamins. If you have a chronic health condition, ask your doctor about whether your vitamin absorption will be affected.
How Much Vitamin E Is Enough? Women need 8 milligrams and men need 10 milligrams of vitamin E daily.
Sources of Vitamin E
Vegetable oil and margarine
Whole grain products
Vitamin E Benefits
With sufficient levels of vitamin C in the diet and in the body, vitamin E acts primarily as an antioxidant, helping to protect the body from free radical damage. Reducing or preventing damage caused by free radicals reduces the risk of developing diseases such as cancer or heart disease.
Vitamin E promotes healthy skin not only by protecting skin from ultraviolet radiation, but recent research suggests vitamin E may protect the body from eczema. Researchers have found that children who eat a lot of foods containing vitamin E are 67 percent less likely to suffer from eczema than kids who consumer lower amounts of vitamin E foods.
Vitamin E may also reduce the risk of blood clots and atherosclerosis and has been shown to improve wound healing.
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