Vitamin E Is An Important Antioxidant That Prevents Aging and Degeneration

Vitamin E Is An Important Antioxidant That Prevents Aging and Degeneration

– Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is an antioxidant that protects our cell membranes from degeneration and aging. Vitamin E supports oxygenation of our body by maintaining the health of our red blood cells and cardiovascular tissues. It keeps our immune function strong by protecting our white blood cells. Vitamin E is also very important to the health of our neurons and nervous system.

Vitamin E Functions
• Antioxidant (fights free radicals)
• Protect cell membranes
• Prevent chemicals and heavy metals from entering cells
• Proper immune function – Protects white blood cells and the thymus gland cells
• Cardiovascular: protects the membranes of red blood cells to prevent anemia, and decreases oxidative damage in our cardiovascular tissues
• Nervous system health: protects our neurons

Risk Factors For Vitamin E Deficiency Include:
• Fat malabsorption syndromes (celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, etc.)
• Premature birth
• Hereditary disorders of red blood cells
• Dialysis patients

Symptoms of Vitamin E Deficiency
• Nerve damage
• Muscle weakness
• Poor circulation
• Anemia

Vitamin E Food Sources
• Oils (wheat germ oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, olive oil)
• Nuts and nut oils
• Leafy greens
• Avocado

Vitamin E Supplementation
• Mixed Tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) are full spectrum tocopherol supplementation (highly recommended)
• d-alpha-tocopherol is the natural version of alpha tocopherol Vitamin E
• dl-alpha-tocopherol is the synthetic version of alpha tocopherol Vitamin E (not recommended)
• The natural form of Vitamin E is fat soluble
• The synthetic form of Vitamin E is water soluble (not recommended)
• 500 to 1,000 IU per day

Conditions Effectively Treated With Vitamin E
• Diabetes
• Cardiovascular disease
• Cancer
• Acne
• Parkinson’s disease
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Dementia
• Cataracts
• Intermittent claudication
• Hormone Imbalances (e.g., PMS)

Vitamin E Resources

Book: Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements by Dr. Michael Murray, N.D.

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Dr. Angela Agrios, ND

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