Nutrient Focus - Vitamin E
Vitamin E, is an important nutrient needed by all animals including Humans. It functions primarily as an anti oxidant in protecting against damage to cell membranes. Without Vitamin E, the cells of the body would be susceptible to damage, especially nerves which are more susceptible.
The body uses vitamin E by absorbing it in the small intestines. The liver then processes the vitamin E and selectively secretes only alpha tocopherol, using a special protein. Since alpha tocopherol is the only form of vitamin E retained in the body and present in blood it has been studied more than any other.
This day and age Vitamin E deficiency is quite rare but there are a number of conditions which occur when Vitamin E levels are low.
· Some Cancers
· Lou Gehrig’s Disease
· Muscular Dystrophy
· Parkinson’s Disease
· Alzheimer’s Disease
A healthy balanced diet including foods high in Vitamin E have been shown to have a protective effect in many common health conditions, including:
· Heart Disease
· Fibrocystic Breast Disease
· Viral Infections
Other benefits of Vitamin E include:
· The function of a healthy immune system.
· Red blood cells are formed with the help of vitamin E
· Improved skin conditions
· Improved cognitive functions
· Reduced risk of eye disorders
Vitamin E is a fat soluble nutrient, this means that it is primarily found in high doses in fatty foods:
· Wheat germ oil
· Seeds & Nuts
· Polyunsaturated Vegetable Oils
· Green leafy vegetables
· Kiwi fruit
Vitamin E can also be supplemented but it is vital to be using a good quality supplement that is including a mixed range of Tocopherol’s in the correct daily limits.
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