Do you struggle every time you lift yourself out of a chair? Do you have difficulty maintaining balance? Is a short walk around the block too much for you to handle?
No? Well, it may not be long before that changes. You’re aging, and with age, comes physical decline. Simple, daily activities transform into strenuous tasks, too taxing to be performed regularly. Your body rebels with each movement. You find yourself weakened, defeated and immobile . . . or at the very least, you find physical activity a little more difficult than it once was. Either way, it would be nice to prevent it, but what can you do aside from stop aging?
Try getting enough vitamin E.
A study of nearly 700 adults over 65 found that those with the lowest levels of vitamin E had a 60 percent greater risk of experiencing physical decline. As an antioxidant, vitamin E protects tissue from damage, aids in the formation of red blood cells and may help keep certain age-related diseases at bay. So it’s only natural, that it would also prevent or, at least, slow the body’s decline, something that scientists found no other vitamin was doing.
To get your vitamin E start by including it in your diet. It’s found in many of the foods that should already be present in your daily meals: leafy green vegetables, seeds, wheat germ, and sunflower, soybean and cottonseed oil. You can also take a supplement, but be cautious. Too much vitamin E may harm your health rather than help it, and your daily recommended value is only 22.5 I.U.s. If you feel that your diet will never provide you with an adequate amount of vitamin E, try a multivitamin, for if that really is the case, your nutrient deficiencies probably reach beyond E.
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