An anti-oxidant, plays a role in the body's ability to utilize oxygen.
Protects all the other fat soluble vitamins against oxidation.
Vitamin E is an important welltrient in cellular respiration of muscles, especially the cardiac muscle, as an anti-oxidant Vitamin E prevents peroxide formation. There are eight forms of vitamin E: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta). There are eight forms of vitamin E, but the alpha- and gamma-tocopherol are the forms most often consumed. The alpha-tocopherol form maybe the only form that circulates throughout the blood to reach all the body tissues. •
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that prevents premature reaction of oxygen in the body, prevents breakdown of many substances in the body.
Vitamin E is essential to the use of oxygen by muscles, helps improve circulation and promotes normal clotting and healing. Prolongs life of red blood cells.
Vitamin E prolongs the life of red blood cells and promotes cell respiration and is reported to be the anti-aging vitamin. In addition, Vitamin E helps minimize scarring and assists in the healing of wounds, retards blood clotting, keeps youthful elasticity in tissues and alleviates hot flashes and menopausal distress.
Vitamin E is important because it helps to protect against many of the complications often developed in individuals with type 2 diabetes. For example, people with diabetes have a greater risk of developing vascular complications such as atherosclerosis, intermittent claudication, peripheral neuropathy, and retinopathy. Vitamin E may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of these conditions.
Vitamin E reduces scar tissue formation both internally and externally, increases formation of new blood vessels around damaged areas, stimulates urine secretion, hence has a lowering effect on some instances of blood pressure, provides protection against poisonous substances such as inhalants and internal by-products of metabolism, assist in normalizing blood viscosity, retards muscle degeneration, protects and ensures permeability of the capillary system.
In Studies: In one study, men with the lowest plasma levels of vitamin E had nearly a 4 times greater incidence of developing type 2, or non-insulin dependent diabetes. The results of this study suggest that low levels of it may be one of the contributing causes of type 2 diabetes. In another study, individuals who had type 2 diabetes, found that vitamin E supplementation (900mg/day for 4 months) helped improve the action of insulin and glucose tolerance.
Sources: Vitamin E is comes from (soybeans, peas, beans), spinach, green and red peppers, some leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds, sunflower seeds, soybean oil, safflower oil, vegetable oils,
wheat germ, eggs, peanuts, unrefined cereal products, and whole wheat and other wholegrain products, beef liver, meat, milk, molasses.
Synergist: Vitamin E protects Vitamin A from destruction in the body and unsaturated fats from abnormal breakdown. Also Vitamin B-Complex, B-1, Inositol, Vitamin C, Manganese, Selenium
Signs or Symptoms of a Deficiency: First clinical sign of deficiency is the rupturing of the red blood cells.
Faulty absorption of fat and fat soluble vitamins. Evidence shows a link between this condition and the development of cystic fibrosis and inflammation of the pancreas.
Retarded growth in children.
Nutritional muscular dystrophy.
Swelling of the cardiac muscles, which can become necrotic.
Women severely deficient experience frequent miscarriages, as well as premature births.
Menstrual discomfort and PMS.
In males, a reduced mobility of spermatozoa.
In females, uterine degeneration, and in some cases, sterility.
Neurologic syndromes including areflexia, gait disturbances, paresis of gaze. May contribute to hemolytic anemia and retrolental fibroplasia in premature infants.
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