Vitamin E refers to a group of fat-soluble compounds with distinctive antioxidant activities – they include both tocopherols and tocotrienols. Vitamin E is the powerful antioxidant that protects cells from the damaging effects of free radicals which damage cells and might contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Vitamin E stops the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) formed when fat undergoes oxidation. Vitamin E deficiency could trigger health problems.
Vitamin E is required for many vital bodily functions. Vitamin E occurs naturally in many foods and it is also available as a dietary supplement. Human body stores and uses vitamin E as needed. Body needs vitamin E to help keep the immune system strong against viruses and bacteria. Vitamin E is used by the cells to interact with each other and carry out many important functions.
Vitamin E is able to slow down the aging processes; it acts as a natural diuretic and participates in skin metabolism. Being pretty strong antioxidant, Vitamin E can prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts and reduces scarring from wounds.
Blood concentrations of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) depend on the liver, which takes up the nutrient after the various forms are absorbed from the small intestine.
When the required amounts of vitamin E are not met, it can lead vitamin E deficiency and to severe health problems. Vitamin E deficiency mainly arises from fat “wrong absorption” (malabsorption).
Vitamin E deficiency can be prevented by consuming products rich in vitamin E – nuts (almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts), seeds, egg yolks, whole grains, wheat germ oil, green leafy vegetables (especially spinach and broccoli), peanuts, soybean, corn oil, sunflower seeds.
According to scientists vitamin D deficiency could trigger several serious life threatening diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and certain types of depression.
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.