Why Do We Need Vitamin E?

Vitamin E was discovered in 1922 but it was not until 40 years later that the vitamin was established as essential to human nutrition. Since Vitamin E is synthesized only in plants, the vitamin is an essential nutrient in the diet of animals and man.

Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant vitamin that helps to neutralize potentially damaging free radicals in our body. It exists in eight different forms, d-alpha-tocopherol being the most active form and one of the most powerful biologically active antioxidants. Each form has a different level of potency (functional use) in the body. The tocopherol and tocotrienol subfamilies are each composed of alpha, beta, gamma and delta vitamins having unique biological effects, with generally declining activity; e.g. delta is far less active than the alpha form.

Vitamin E is particularly important for the protection of our cell membranes as well as keeping your skin, heart and circulation, nerves, muscles and red blood cells healthy. Antioxidants such as vitamin E protect your cells against the effects of dangerous free radicals, potentially damaging by-products of your body’s metabolism. Free radicals can cause cell damage that may lead to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

One or more members of the vitamin E family may also reduce cellular aging, inhibit the potentially damaging peroxynitrite radical, inhibit melanoma (skin cancer) cell growth, prevent abnormal blood clotting, synergize with vitamin A to protect the lungs against pollutants, protect nervous system and retina, lower the risk of ischemic and coronary heart disease, lower the risk of certain kinds of cancer, protect immune function and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, particularly if high doses are taken in combination with vitamin C.

Smooth and silky skin with Vitamin E

Vitamin E also may block the formation of nitrosamines, which are carcinogens formed in the stomach from nitrites consumed in the diet. It also may protect you against the development of cancers by enhancing immune function. Some evidence links higher intake of vitamin E with a decreased incidence of prostate cancer and breast cancer.

Gamma tocopherol is only 10 to 30% as strong as alpha tocopherol, yet recent studies have shown it to be essential for maintaining the health of our cell membranes, especially if alpha tocopherol is being supplemented. New studies continue to elucidate the unique benefits of individual members of the vitamin E family. For example, tocotrienols have been shown to lower cholesterol, prevent LDL oxidation, and reduce atherosclerotic plaque formation more effectively than tocopherols. For these and other reasons, the original definition of vitamin E now includes all eight family members and the related compounds that convert to them in the body.
Vitamin E Molecule Structure

100 IU or more of supplemental vitamin E a day has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks in healthy people. Vitamin E also may help prevent the formation of blood clots, which could lead to a heart attack. Studies have linked lower rates of heart disease with higher vitamin E intake.

Why is vitamin E important for good health?
There are several benefits of vitamin E for your body. Some preliminary studies involving intakes of vitamin E higher than the daily-recommended requirement have shown that vitamin E may be useful in treating or possibly preventing:
• menstrual pain
• low sperm count
• inflammation of eye tissues
• cataracts
• restless leg syndrome or relief from muscle cramping
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Parkinson’s disease
• rheumatoid arthritis
• asthma
• various diabetes related complications and maybe helpful in treating and preventing diabetes itself
• cardiovascular disease
• prostate cancer and breast cancer

Benefits of vitamin E also include helping the body increase and regulate the levels of vitamin A in the body and as a general immune system booster, especially in older adults. Topical vitamin E might also promote good blood circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots, especially in people with diabetes.

Dosage Recommendations
Almost all research shows that, when positive results are obtained from vitamin E supplementation, hundreds of units per day are required-an amount easily obtained with supplements but nearly impossible to obtain in the average diet. Consequently, using purely food sources to get enough vitamin E as suggested by some researchers may not be practical for many individuals.

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The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin E is quite low, 15 mg to 20 International Units (IU) per day. The most commonly prescribed dosage of supplemental vitamin E for adults is approximately 300 to 800 IU per day. However, many researchers believe that 100 to 200 IU per day is sufficient and that any dosage in excess of this amount provides little additional value.

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Analysis of a variety of clinical trials suggests that doses of Vitamin E that exceed 400 IU per day may actually increase the risk of death slightly in older individuals that have existing medical conditions.

Sources of Vitamin E
Wheat Germ Oil, 1 Tb - 26.2 IU
Almonds, dry roasted, 1 oz. - 7.5 IU
Safflower Oil, 1 Tb - 4.7 IU
Corn Oil, 1 Tb - 2.9 IU
Soybean Oil, 1 Tb - 2.5 IU
Turnip greens, frozen, boiled,1/2 cup - 2.4 IU
Mango, raw, without refuse, 1 fruit - 2.3 IU
Peanuts, dry roasted, 1oz - 2.1 IU
Mixed nuts w/ peanuts, oil roasted, 1 oz. - 1.7 IU
Mayonnaise made w/ soybean oil, 1 Tb - 1.6 IU
Broccoli, frozen, chopped, boiled, ½ cup - 1.5 IU
Dandelion greens, boiled, ½ cup - 1.3 IU
Pistachio nuts, dry roasted, 1 oz. - 1.2 IU
Spinach, frozen, boiled, ½ cup - 0.85 IU
Kiwi, 1 medium fruit - 0.85 IU

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Can You Have Too Much or Too Little?
It's almost impossible to have a vitamin E deficiency, but too much can cause nausea and digestive tract problems.

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