Grandma's Benefits of Vitamin E Guide


The benefits of Vitamin E are extremely critical to pay attention to. Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin that is important in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Here are more benefits of Vitamin E:

  • It improves circulation
  • It's necessary for tissue repair
  • Useful for treating premenstrual syndrome and fibrocystic disease of the breast
  • It also promotes normal blood clotting and healing
  • It reduces scarring from some wounds
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Aids in preventing cataracts
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Relaxes leg cramps
  • Maintains healthy nerves and muscles
  • Strengthens capillary walls
  • Promotes healthy skin and hair
  • Helps to prevent anemia and retrolental fibroplasia (an eye disorder that can affect premature infants)

As an antioxidant vitamin, Vitamin E prevents cell damage by inhibiting the oxidation of lipids (fats) and the formation of free radicals. It protects other fat-soluble vitamins from destruction by oxygen, and aids in the utilization of Vitamin A and protects it from destruction from oxygen.

Another important benefit of Vitamin E is that it retards aging and may prevent age spots as well.



Symptoms of Vitamin E Deficiency

Vitamin E deficiency may result in damage to red blood cells and destruction of nerves.

Signs of Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms

  • infertility (in both men and women)
  • menstrual problems
  • neuromuscular impairment
  • shortened red blood cell life span
  • spontaneous abortion (miscarriage)
  • uterine degeneration

Low levels of Vitamin E in the body have been linked to both bowel cancer and breast cancer.

Epidemiological links have been identified between the increase in the incidence of heart disease and the increasing lack of Vitamin E in the diet due to our reliance on over-processed foods.

Vitamin E is actually a family of eight different but related molecules that fall into two major groups: the tocopherols and the tocotrienols. Within each group, there are alpha beta, gamma, and delta forms. Of all eight of the molecules, it is the appha-tocoperol form that is the most potent.



photo of dried brown rice a natural food source of benefits of vitamin E photo of half a lime and dulse (purple algae) a natural food source with benefits of vitamin E photo of salad of mixed greens a natural food source with benefits of vitamin E


Natural Food Sources of Vitamin E
Herbs Rich in Vitamin E

Vitamin E if found in the following Food Sources:

  • cold pressed vegetable oils
  • dark green leafy vegetables
  • legumes
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • whole grains
  • brown rice
  • cornmeal
  • dulse (purple algae)
  • eggs
  • kelp
  • desiccated liver
  • milk
  • oatmeal
  • organ meats
  • soybeans
  • sweet potatoes
  • watercress
  • wheat
  • wheat germ

Herbs with benefits of Vitamin E:

  • alfalfa
  • bladderwrack
  • dandelion
  • dong quai
  • flaxseed
  • nettle
  • oat straw
  • raspberry leaf
  • rose hips

Comments:

The body needs zinc in order to maintain the proper level of Vitamin E in the blood. If you take both Vitamin E and iron supplements, take them at different times of the day. Inorganic forms of iron (such as ferrous sulfate) destroy Vitamin E. Organic iron (ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate) leaves Vitamin E intact.

Cautions:

If you are taking an anticoagulant medication (blood thinner), do not take more than 1,200 international units of Vitamin E daily.

If you suffer from diabetes, rheumatic heart disease, or an overactive thyroid, don ot take more than the recommended dose.

If you have high blood pressure, start with a small amount, such as 200 international units daily, and increase slowly to the desired amount.




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