1. Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, is essential to the health of red blood cells. It protects our blood cells from damage by oxygen free radicals, and prevents clots. Vitamin D deficiency causes anemia.
2. Vitamin E is one of the most effective preventative substances against heart disease. It significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular death, nonfatal heart attacks, dangerously clogged arteries, and blood vessels.
3. Epidemiologists estimate that approximately one-third of all cancer deaths can be attributed to diet. Some eminent scientists believe that vitamin E protects the cell against cancer-inducing agents, particularly those in air pollution and food.
4. Vitamin E taken before exercise can minimize muscle damage and reduce inflammation and soreness that so often follows strenuous exercise.
5. Vitamin E is essential for health and beauty of the skin, – our shield of armour, the mirror of our emotions, the largest organ of our body, and, after the brain, the most complex (it can be afflicted by more than 2,100 diseases!). It moisturizes the skin from within, has anti-inflammatory properties, protects the skin against the ravages of the sun, reduce scarring, etc.
6. The name of vitamin E – tocopherol – means to bring forth childbirth. This vitamin helps improve the function of the men’s sperm, normalize hormones necessary for reproduction, and protect women from mastitis.
7. Vitamin E protects against oxidative damage and helps to rejuvenate the aging immune system.
8. Vitamin E helps prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
9. Vitamin E enhances bone formation and reduces the severity of inflammatory arthritis in the elderly.
10. Vitamin E is being prescribed today for the treatment of angina pectoris (chest pain due to an insufficient supply of oxygen to the heart), night cramps, and “restless legs”.
11. Vitamin E has a beneficial effect on lung function.
Do you need supplements if you are healthy? Yes, if you:
- are under psychological stress
- live in a polluted environment
- exercise vigorously
- are on a low-fat diet
- smoke or drink alcohol
- have a history of heart disease or cancer in your family
Good sources of vitamin E:
- wheat germ oil
- nuts and seeds
- fortified cereals
- egg yolk
- green leafy vegetables, like spinach, lettuce, and turnip
- bell peppers
Reference: R. Winter, Vitamin E: Your Protection Against Exercise Fatigue, Weakened Immunity, Heart Disease, Cancer, Aging, Diabetic Damage, Environmental Toxins.