Vitamin E is a nutrient and an antioxidant; it fights free radicals, which are a part of the aging process.
Free radicals are a by- product of the process of living, they are unstable molecules; they cause damage to your normal cells. This contributes to cancer and many types of diseases.
There are many skin products on the market that include Vitamin E mainly for two reasons. First it is a great preservative and second, it is an excellent moisturizer.
Vitamin E is truly effective for your skin. The oil, known as a tocopherol, is a first string defense against environmental damaging effects of pollution and radiation.
Smoking, air pollution and ultraviolet rays from the sun can deplete your body’s stores of Vitamin E.
Recommendations for using Vitamin E
- Many processed foods are fortified with Vitamin E, but this usually is in the synthetic form of E.
- Vitamin E is found naturally in many foods like; nuts and seeds; vegetable oils like safflower and sunflower; and in avocados and leafy greens.
- You can take Vitamin E, as a supplement or as oil using it for skin massage.
There is a lot of research about Vitamin E, some research says Vitamin E is good for us; others are contradictory and say results may not help.
Personally, I feel that it is beneficial and it depends on how much you take and what form you use; which can make all the difference. (Not every study uses the proper ratios)
A recommended allowance for Vitamin E is 15 milligrams (22.5 IU) per day for adults. Or consume 2-3 high Vitamin E foods per day. Vitamin E foods are Sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, mangos, avocados, butternut squash and broccoli.
Benefits of Vitamin E
- Needed by the body for proper function of nervous system, organs and enzyme activity.
- Balances your cholesterol level and impacts cardiovascular health.
- Slows down hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis, this is only using the natural form.
- Prevents disease development by reducing free radical cell damage, fights inflammation and slows the aging process.
- Vitamin E benefits the skin by strengthen the capillaries and improving elasticity; to a healthy youthful looking skin.
- Speeds up cell regeneration, massage on skin of scars, wrinkles and acne.
- Thickens Hair it helps dry and flaky hair problems by increasing circulation on the scalp. It also moisturizes the hair.
- Vitamin E plays a role with the endocrine system by balancing your hormones. Very helpful in decreasing risk of diabetes.
- Improves vision and decreases the risk of macular degeneration. It is important to note to take Vitamin C and zinc with Vitamin E to be effective.
- Important during pregnancy for the baby’s development and growth. Vitamin E impacts early stages of brain development.
There are eight compounds in Vitamin E, four tocopherols plus four tocotrienols. It is a critical vitamin for the very young, the elderly and those women who are or may become pregnant.
Use Vitamin E oil with carrier oil like argan, coconut or olive. You can massage into skin areas that are dry, inflamed, irritated, or scared. You can also use capsules and pierce the capsule to squeeze the oil out.
Also E oil is effective on wrinkles, brown age spots and your cuticles.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.