Vitamin E is an essential fat soluble antioxidant that plays a role in preventing damage done to the body by the free radicals we are all exposed to every day. It therefore acts as a powerful anti aging vitamin in the fight against a toxic modern life and it’s VITAL we meet our daily quota to stay healthy.
But what are vitamin E oil benefits other than this, and what are the best food sources? Well, this powerful antioxidant plays a role in the proper functioning of other systems of the body also, including the immune system, organs, and general processes of the brain – making it an essential nutrient for everybody.
This is why a good supply of vitamin E is crucial and this cannot be emphasised enough, as vitamin E often gets forgotten about when it comes to supplements, and it could be needed if your supply from your diet is low OR you if you are recommended them by a professional for other reasons. Here is a list of the highest food sources, and you should be eating at least 2-3 portions of those on this list daily to cover your needs:-
Top 16 Highest Food Sources of Vitamin E
- Pine Nuts
- Green leafy veggies (preferably raw or very lightly cooked).
- Red Peppers
- Butternut Squash
- Olives and olive oil
- Wheatgerm oil
- Sunflower seeds and oil
Vitamin E Benefits
1. FIGHTS FREE RADICALS AND SLOWS DOWN AGING
Free radicals are unpaired electrons that steal electrons from your healthy cells, thus destroying them in the process. The less healthy cells you have, the more susceptible you will become to cancers and heart disease. Vitamin E has certain isomers which have a powerful ability to reduce the free radical damage and inflammation that can be the precursor to many diseases.
Vitamin E is just one of many antioxidant rich anti aging foods that can help repair damaged cells and delay aging on a cellular level, and adding them into your daily supplementation regime will make a difference to your health and delay aging. Remember, a lot of antioxidants and other nutrients work well together as a team which is why it’s a good idea to ensure a complete array of them all.
2. SKIN REPAIR
Vitamin E used both topically and internally, strengthens capillary walls and helps to improve moisture and elasticity, plus it reduces inflammation of the skin which results in a more youthful glowing complexion.
The antioxidant properties in vitamin E can also help neutralise damage caused by sunlight and smoking, and will help greatly to protect the skin against cancer. This type of cancer is very common in those who live in sunny climates, or those who just love the sun and go out in it often without high SPF protection. If you are one of these people, then you will need to be extra vigilant with your vitamin E intake.
Another benefit of vitamin E is its ability to help with the healing process of acne, eczema, scars and wrinkles to help keep skin looking smooth and flawless. It works its magic best for this particular purpose when taken both in supplementation form and as an oil applied topically to the skin itself.
3. BETTER VISION
Along with that carrot a day you also need adequate levels of Vitamin E to keep your eyes healthy, but this needs to be consumed along with a diet that also contains vitamin A, Zinc and Beta Carotene (which is high in carrots). All of these nutrients work together to keep your precious peepers in good health, and also decrease the risks of macular degeneration – a common cause of blindness.
High doses of vitamin E and A can also help improve your healing time and vision after laser eye surgery. Good doses of both of these in the weeks leading up to and after surgery will go a long way in helping with the healing process.
4. HORMONE BALANCER
Vitamin E plays a crucial part in keeping your hormonal system balanced, meaning less PMS and its side effects to deal with such as bloating, IBS, irritability, anxiety and depression to name just a few.
Hormonal balance is also crucial in keeping weight under control, which in itself affects hormones and can bring upon you a whole new host of diseases. Vitamin E can play a role in breaking this vicious circle when taken in the higher doses of a temporary supplementation, rather than just through food alone.
5. HAIR THICKENER
The antioxidant abilities of vitamin E oil for hair can help decrease the damage done by environmental factors. It will also keep the scalp moist, preventing it from becoming flaky and dry so great for dandruff too. This result is seen best when taking vitamin E in supplementation, AND from applying the oil directly to the scalp and hair (only a few drops is needed).
6. MAY HELP IMPROVE ALZHEIMER’S
The anti inflammatory effects of vitamin E has been shown in studies to contribute to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, and may also slow down the progression of those already afflicted with mild cases and other similar diseases.
Vitamin E is a great supplement for the elderly:-
Vitamin E, when taken alongside vitamin C, may also lesson your risks of developing several other forms of dementia, making these both crucial nutrients as we age (and even way before old age as a preventative measure, which would work even better!).
7. GOOD FOR PREGNANCY AND GROWING CHILDREN
Vitamin E is one of those many nutrients that is vital during pregnancy for the development of a baby’s growing brain. It is also vital for development in small babies and children as it helps to keep inflammation under control.
It is recommended by experts that pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and kids up to 24 months old take some form of natural food derived supplementation to ensure the growing brain has all the nutrients it needs at this very crucial stage of development
8. BETTER PHYSICAL ENDURANCE
As Vitamin E increases your energy by promoting good blood circulation, supplementation can improve your endurance while exercising. It’s antioxidant properties will also reduce the oxidative stress on your muscles, meaning quicker repairing and healing time after a workout.
Physical exercise is a crucial addition to anti aging and the prevention of so many diseases in itself, along with a healthy diet plan and other lifestyle changes.
As you can see, Vitamin E really is a vital part of a healthy diet, and if you’re not eating good amounts of the above vitamin E rich foods then you won’t need to consider supplementation. Do not supplement long term unless advised to by a health care practitioner or doctor, and DO try to obtain what you need from diet and the eating of at least 3 portions daily of the foods on the above list.
ALWAYS buy good quality Vitamin E supplements such as SOLGAR VITAMIN E CAPSULES, or from other trusted and reputable brands. Bad quality supplements may be bulked out with fillers and other chemicals, or may be in a synthetic form which renders their bio-availability in the body questionable.
Warnings and side effects of using vitamin E supplements internally:-
You should consult with your doctor before using supplements for internal use as there can be certain side effects, which include:-
- Interference with certain medications, including chemotherapy.
- Negative side effects if you take too much, therefore it’s crucial to follow dosage instructions carefully.
If you buy your vitamin E oil in a capsule then you can break one open (or stick a pin in it) and squeeze out the oil onto your fingers, then just apply straight onto your face as a very intensive night time moisturiser. Or apply around your eyes to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and lower the visibility of black circles and bags.
Hair and Scalp:-
You can also use vitamin E oil as an intensive scalp and hair moisturiser in the same way of splitting open the capsule. It’s best to add it to a small amount of carrier oil (sesame or coconut would be good) so it goes further. Just apply to scalp or hair, leave for 30 minutes and wash.
If you have any questions or comments about vitamin E supplements please feel free to post in the comments thread below. I would love to hear from you and am always happy to answer any questions.