Let’s take a look at some of the Vitamin E benefits you should expect to receive if you’re good this year and do all your chores...
Detective’s Reminder: Most of the Vitamin E benefits kick in when you get at least 100mg (150 IU) of Vitamin E per day. Since it’s very difficult to get this from food, it’s best to supplement. Check with your doctor before supplementing if you have any heart conditions.
Heart health – Has many potential benefits for the heart, cardiovascular system and the blood:
- Promotes vasodilation (expanding of your blood vessels) which will decrease your blood pressure
- Reduces platelet adhesion. “Platelet adhesion” refers to platelets in your blood sticking together which could cause clots. Vitamin E prevents this from happening
- Reduces cholesterol levels
- Can potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
Enhances the immune system – especially important for older adults. According to the PDR for Herbal Medicines guide states Vitamin E increases the amount of lymphocytes in your body (lymphocytes are the “MVP” of your immune system). It can also decrease the amount of prostaglandin E2 and lipid peroxides. Both of these bad boys greatly weaken your immune system
Can prevent male infertility – The head of each sperm has its own protective barrier made of fat. Free radicals love to attack the fatty protective barrier of your cells and attacking your sperm is no exception. So free radicals can cause infertility. Solution? Fortunately Vitamin E protects the fatty protective barrier and reduces the chance of free radicals causing infertility. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vitamins & Minerals cites one study that 5 out of 15 infertile men became daddy’s after a month of taking 200 IU’s per day of Vitamin E
Proven to reduce the chances of prostate cancer when taken with selenium – According to the Linus Pauling Institute, one study showed that the development of prostate cancer was reduced when supplemental levels of alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol along with selenium are used
Great for the skin and for getting rid of scars – We’ve all had our fair share of scars. I know I have from childhood shenanigans & years of martial arts training. One instance particularly stands out for me. During training, I got kicked in the eyebrow area in between my left temple and left eye. In short, I had to get stitches. Once the stitches were out the doctor recommended I put Vitamin E oil on the scar to speed up the healing process. Normally, scars from stitches take about a year or so to fully heal and to look like normal skin again. Using Vitamin E oil I got the scar to heal within 5 months. Feel free to interpret this however you want, but the bottom line is: Vitamin E is great for your skin and helps get rid of scars!
The examples mentioned above has a good amount of research behind it. Plus these health issues have been in the spotlight recently. Let's not forget the lesser-known health benefits of Vitamin E which include:
- Helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
- Along with Vitamin C, it reduces the risk of cataracts and helps to control diabetes
- Can relieve the symptoms of benign breast disease
- Can help stop intermittent claudication and leg cramps
- Reduces the risk of Lou Gehrig’s disease
So you got a nice overview of the benefits of Vitamin E, eh? That’s great. Learn more about the other antioxidant sources and some of the best ways to improve your health today.