Vitamin E: Much More Than Skin Deep

Dry, chapped skin is a common wintertime condition.  You might use a vitamin E lotion or oil to soothe and heal your skin. That would be a great job for vitamin E (which is actually a family of eight compounds called “tocopherols”), although this important vitamin offers you much more.  In addition to maintaining healthy skin, vitamin E is a vital antioxidant, protecting cell walls against the damage of free radicals and supporting heart, brain and circulatory health. It helps the body use oxygen, prevents blood clots, improves wound healing and fertility and helps prevent cancer.

The ideal daily intake to maintain good health is 400-600 IU (international units).  This range is many times higher than both the EC and US RDA.  To reap the many benefits of this essential nutrient, you can focus on vitamin E rich foods (such as nuts, seeds, their unrefined oils, dark green leafy vegetables, avocados, peppers, sweet potatoes, beans, and wheat germ) and consider taking a supplement to meet the optimal daily amount.

Just like vitamins A and D, vitamin E is fat-soluble, meaning that it is best absorbed together with fat.  If you are following a low-fat diet, you may not be benefiting optimally. Vitamin C and selenium also boost vitamin E absorption.

When selecting a supplement look for naturally sourced tocopherols, such as vitamin E from or from your local health food or vitamin shop, and store in a cool, dark place.


4 thoughts on “Vitamin E: Much More Than Skin Deep

  1. What are great vitamins for great hair and nails for great skin and
    for overall health and to loose and maintain weight of you could say what minerals and
    vitamins (pill form) would cover each and every one like so: .
    . Hair -what vitamins. Nails – vit? Weight vit ? Overal health vitamins ?
    . Skin vitamins ? Weight loss vitamins? Weight maintained
    vitamins? . . Thanks for your time xx.

  2. Vitamins, iron and other nutrients are often needed by red blood cells, so that
    if there is a deficiency of these vitamins, the body’s red blood cells are destroyed in the bloodstream due to the cells being of poor quality and fragile. In these cases, there could exist an enlargement of the gland, but not in all cases. The doctors will prescribe the treatment in different ways.

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