Health Benefits of Vitamin E

The benefits of vitamin E have been the subject of research studies for more than 70 years. Vitamin E is your body's most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant, and the single most important antioxidant for heart attack prevention. The breadth and scope of the benefits of vitamin E has made it one of the most significant nutritional discoveries in history.



What makes vitamin E so valuable in preventing heart disease and atherosclerosis is that it can maneuver into fatty parts of the cell membrane that are inaccessible to the other network antioxidants.

More information on vitamin E's ability to prevent heart disease:
Vitamin E and Heart Disease

Vitamin E is an essential fat-soluble vitamin. It is not a single compound, but a family of molecules composed of tocopherols and tocotrienols (fat-soluble alcohols), all nearly identical in structure. The four distinct tocopherols are named alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-tocopherols.

Vitamin E helps prevent oxidative stress by working together with the other network antioxidants: vitamin C, glutathione and lipoic acid, as well as the mineral selenium.


Vitamin E Strengthens Your Immune System

The primary job of your immune system is to protect you against disease. They call it a "system" because it is not associated with any one particular organ. Instead, it is a collection of cells that seek out and destroy bacteria, viruses, cancerous cells and foreign invaders that it identifies as harmful.

T-cells. There are several different types of immune cells. T-cells are the main cells of the immune system. T-cells circulate throughout the bloodstream and seek out and destroy harmful invaders. Other T-cells, called suppressor cells, help immune cells distinguish between the cells of the body and foreign proteins. A malfunction in suppressor cells can lead to autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

B-cells. Another type of immune cell, B-cells, produce proteins called antibodies that attach onto a foreign substance when it has been introduced into the body.

As we age, there is a measurable drop in immune function. Although we may produce just as many T-cells and B-cells, they do not work as well as they did when you were younger. Vitamin E has been shown to produce a significant increase in T-cell and B-cell activity in studies done with older patients.



Other Specific Benefits of Vitamin E

Besides protecting your cardiovascular system, the benefits of vitamin E include keeping your skin youthful by protecting against ultraviolet radiation and ozone, the major causes of wrinkles. Vitamin E also promotes healthy hair and reduces acne conditions. It also has been shown to increase longevity and promotes quicker recovery from strenuous exercise.

The list of specific benefits of vitamin E is virtually endless. You will understand why this vitamin is held in such high regard after reading down the list of reported benefits below:

Brain Function

  • maintains brain function and mental cognition in old age
  • may help to prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer's
  • prevention and treatment of migraines
  • prevention and treatment of multiple sclerosis, strokes and Parkinson's

Cancer

  • reduces the risk of prostate and bladder cancer
  • inhibits the growth of cancer cells

Circulatory System

  • helps prevent varicose veins
  • lowers blood pressure
  • prevention and treatment of angina
  • helps prevent anemia
  • supports normal blood clotting
  • protects against leg cramps

Immune System

  • strengthens your immune system
  • repairs damaged tissues and scars
  • prevention and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Vision Problems

  • prevention and treatment of cataracts and macular degeneration

More Benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E may be useful in the prevention and treatment of the following:

  • arthritis and other inflammatory diseases
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • gout
  • infertility
  • vaginitis
  • menopause
  • oral cancers
  • peptic ulcers
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • psoriasis


For the best food sources for vitamin E:
Foods High in Vitamin E

For more information on vitamin E supplements:
Vitamin E Supplements

More information on vitamin E's ability to prevent heart disease:
Vitamin E and Heart Disease


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