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The Benefits of Vitamin E

Aug 17, 2007
Vitamin E is found naturally in many of the foods we eat, as well as being sold in synthetic form as a health supplement; both the natural and synthetic forms of it benefit the body in many ways. Providing many health and nutritional benefits.

A protective shield between cells and roaming carcinogens in the body is one of the benefits of Vitamin E. These carcinogens are often referred to as free radicals and they are believed to cause heart disease and cancer: bladder, prostate, and some breast cancers. Vitamin E interferes with free radicals that adhere themselves to cells. It is this connection between the cells and the free radicals that causes cancer and various other diseases, and the introduction of Vitamin E acts as a shield of protection, for those with a sufficient amount of it in their body. Studies show that in order for the body to benefit from the full shielding qualities, it needs at least 15 milligrams of Vitamin E every day.

Cell regeneration is another one of the benefits. The body uses it to assist in the regenerating of important cells such as those involving DNA, cell repair, and the metabolic life functioning systems of the body.

Early and promising studies are strongly suggesting that another of one of the benefits of may be in the delaying or bypassing entirely, in some cases, of the development of cataracts in the eyes. A cataract is a condition that forms a cloudy film like substance over the lens of the eye, distorting and diminishing vision and depth perception. Vitamin E may also guard against or slow the progress in development of other serious ocular disorders such as macular degeneration. However more studies need to be done before being added to the growing list of benefits.

To maintain the protective qualities in the body against free radicals that cause disease, it is suggested that teens and adults feed the body at least 15 milligrams a day. It is safe to increase the suggested daily amount to 1000 milligrams a day. People are cautioned against going beyond 1000 milligrams each day because it is believed that the body can not digest, use, and benefit from the protective qualities in amounts higher than 1000 milligrams.

You can easily feed your body the suggested 15 milligrams it needs to protect you from disease and cancer every day by eating foods that are high in Vitamin E. Good choices include leafy, green vegetables, nuts, oils made from vegetables, and certain cereals.

Supplements are available in liquid, pill, and other forms and sold in health, drug, and grocery stores and can be used to feed the body greater amounts, if you feel you are lacking the recommended dosage. There are conditions such as intestinal disorders and other diseases that often block the body from being able to fully extract and absorb Vitamin E from foods and in those cases, supplements become even more important. Vitamin E supplements inject this nutrient directly into the body without the body having to exhaust its energy reserves which are in short supply with chronic conditions, trying to extract the vitamin from foods. This leaves the body with more energy to work on the absorption of this valuable nutrient. More energy helps the body to better absorb and retain more amounts of the vitamin that can be lost by those suffering from intestinal problems and other diseases.

Discover more about the benefits of Vitamin E through additional reading on this subject, including the best places to find supplements and what you should look for before buying.
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