What is Vitamin E, The Benefits of Vitamin E and Foods high in Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that our bodies store it. It is stored in our liver and fatty tissues.

What is Vitamin E?

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning that our bodies store it.  It is stored in our liver and fatty tissues.  There are 4 fat soluble vitamins and they are A, D, E and K.

A group of 8 different compounds actually all fall under the vitamin E umbrella.  Alpha-tocopherol is the most common and only one used by the human body.  I won’t bore you with all the other names as many we couldn’t pronounce anyways.  😉

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Benefits of Vitamin E.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.  When our body’s cells are exposed to free radicals, a process of oxidation and accelerated aging takes place.  (Think of it like a piece of metal rusting.)  These free radicals basically break down and weaken our healthy cells.  This is “rusting” that is happening within our bodies.  This contributes to all sorts of diseases like cancer and heart disease.  Vitamin E reduces the number of free radicals and slows the aging (rusting) of our bodies.

Environmental factors like smoking, exposure to sun and even air pollution can cause an increase in free radicals forming in our bodies which speeds up the rusting. Vitamin E helps repairs the damage done by environmental factors.

While vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, it seems it’s benefits are primarily cosmetic.  Several recent studies have shown that vitamin E has little to no benefit on heart disease, cancer, cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s, or diabetes like initially thought.

Have dry skin?  Vitamin E oil is popular in skincare products for those that need to moisturize their skin and want to slow down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  The oil is common in many facial moisturizers.  Because moisturized skin tends to show less wrinkles and fine lines, it is often said vitamin E has anti-aging properties for our skin.  

Recently get sunburned?  Vitamin E can help moisturize sunburned skin and reduce flakiness.

There is some more recent research that indicates vitamin E may be helpful is treating skin diseases like psoriasis, and eczema. This also has to do with the moisturizing effect of vitamin E oil.

Vitamin E does help speed up our body’s immune system response time so it helps fight off viruses and infections.

Vitamin E is important in the formation of red blood cells.

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How much Vitamin E do I need?

The recommended daily allowance is 15mg per day for adults.  The upper limit level is 1000mg so there is quite a range of tolerance for vitamin E.  Vitamin E deficiency is rare.

Now that we’ve talked about the benefits of Vitamin E, here’s a list of foods with vitamin E.

Foods with Vitamin E

  • Wheat germ oil is one of the richest food sources.
  • Nuts such as almonds, peanuts, pine nuts, brazil nuts and hazelnuts.
  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, turnip greens and broccoli.
  • Sunflower seeds.
  • Oil like sunflower oil, almond oil, olive oil
  • Atlantic salmon, shrimp, and rainbow trout.
  • Red sweet pepper, avocados, butternut squash
  • Mango and kiwi fruit.

Have you learned more about the benefits of Vitamin E and will you be trying to consume more Vitamin E or purchase skin care with vitamin E oil?  Let me know in my Veggie Obsessed Facebook group.

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