This week we have a second blog for you about the super antioxidant Vitamin E. This is a very important antioxidant and should always be included in any antioxidant product or regime you may choose.
Vitamin E is fat soluble which means it can be retained by the body unlike water soluble nutrients that need to be replaced daily.
Oxidation and Free Radical damage
As we have explained before our cells get damaged by free radicals. Free radicals are part of our natural body processes they cause cell damage and shorten cell lifespan. Vitamin E is deemed to be our body’s counterpart to free radicals helping negate the impact of free radicals.
How can you limit free radical damage?
The best protection for your body is to
- Stay away from polluted environments such as heavy traffic areas
- Use natural body care and home cleaning products
- Avoid smoky environments and smoking
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle by managing your stress levels
EFSA support what we are saying by stating that:
Vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
- Vitamin E is a popular ingredient in skin care products and is widely associated with its benefits for our skin. It follows then that it is supportive in wound healing.
- As a super antioxidant it is important for anyone with inflammation because the free radicals will attack healthy cells leading to further disease and body damage.
- This is an excellent nutrient for recovery after exercise. When we place our muscles under strain we can damage cells. Vitamin E acts to redress the balance of this damage. Further benefits of vitamin E include its ability to increase your muscle strength whilst reducing muscle fatigue through improving blood circulation.
- It helps slow down the ageing process. The damage caused by free radicals is associated with the acceleration of our ageing processes. Vitamin E supports our skin because it is an anti-ageing nutrient that enforces the capillary walls. It acts further to support the skin by increasing moisture and suppleness of our skin.
- Vitamin E is helpful to anyone suffering heart disease, again this relates to free radical damage and subsequent inflammation. This damage includes the hardening of arteries and oxidation of cholesterol. Vitamin E acts to balance the free radical damage.
- Pregnant women can protect their growing baby by taking Vitamin E. It provides essential fatty acid protection and manages inflammation. There are indications that Vitamin E is associated with brain development.
Best Food Sources
Sunflower seeds, wheat germ, soybeans, hazelnuts, cereals, mango, avocado, butternut squash.
It is important to note that you should try and eat a variety of these foods to ensure you get the full benefit of vitamin E. This nutrient is comprised of 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols. Research indicates that each of these isomers has a particular function so by eating a broad range of vitamin E foods you will ensure full support for your body.
Who needs Vitamin E?
- If you are exposed to pollution and toxic environments Vitamin E will help your body address the oxidative damage otherwise known as free radical damage
- Stressed people need extra antioxidant support because of the demands being made on their body
- Pregnant women
- Athletes and anyone exercising regularly
- Anyone wanting to slow down the ageing process
- Those suffering from diseases such as heart disease
How can I get enough?
Fortunately, vitamin E rich foods are those that can enhance other dishes so you can include nuts and seeds in your breakfast, on your salad, have them as a snack or even as part of a dessert.
Ensure you have a regular intake of vitamin E rich foods and that they come from organic sources. Maintaining a healthy balanced diet including organic foods will enhance your health and well being.
As ever if there is a shortfall in your diet taking a supplement will ensure you are not deficient in this vital antioxidant.
Sadly, we will repeat this statement throughout this series of blogs. The nutrients in our modern diet do not compare to those of our ancestors. In previous times, our ancestors ate approximately 20 times more nutrients than we do today.
The ancestral diet was comprised berries, fruits and other vegetables. Today, we eat processed ready meals that lack the nutrient content our bodies need. In addition, the intensive farming of our land means that nutrients are vastly depleted from the soil. It is going to take a long time to recover this situation. The processing of our food removes even more nutrients.
This means we are exposed to a nutrient deficiency. We simply do not get the nutrients we need to thrive in this modern world. It is our aim for our customers that they do not just survive but achieve optimal health. In our opinion, it is extremely difficult to achieve this without the help of supplements.