Vitamin E is an important antioxidant for the human body. It protects cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body from damage, oxidation by reacting with lipid radicals produced, preventing the breakdown of body tissues.
Vitamin E is a group of eight different antioxidants, four tocopherols and four tocotrienols, but only one form is maintained in the human body (blood and tissue): alpha tocopherol.
Several foods contain good levels of vitamin E, such as almonds, asparagus, avocadoes, nuts, olives, seeds and leafy green vegetables. However, high amounts of E found in supplements are not obtainable from food sources, unlike most the other vitamins.
Average daily intake of alpha tocopherol is about 15-25 IU (International Units), but supplements may provide anywhere from 100 to 800 IU in one capsule or tablet.
Vitamin E has been a very important supplement helping two major human issues: heart disease and cancer.
Researches have proved that vitamin E can help coronary heart disease. Oxidative changes to LDL (low-density lipoprotein), popular known as bad cholesterol, promote blockages in coronary arteries. Vitamin E reduces the oxidation of LDL, reducing the formation of blood clots and, therefore, preventing heart attack.
Cancer is one of the most common human critical diseases. Antioxidants are an important factor protecting cell membranes and enhancing immune function. Vitamin E also blocks the formation of nitrosamines, carcinogens formed in the stomach from nitrites consumed in the diet.
Vitamin E is found in many anti aging products and skin care lotions as well. Most multi-vitamins also provide enough E for your daily needs, promoting better cell production and preventing potential diseases.
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