Get Your Vitamin E Benefits
Getting your vitamin E benefits are easy, it’s delicious!
You might be familiar with how vitamin E benefits your body - on the outside. After all, this particular vitamin is the star of many a beauty cream! It’s commonly associated with skin health and sold in skin products - whether for internal use (capsules and powders) or external use (moisturisers and eye creams).
But I can tell you that vitamin E benefits extend throughout the body, inside, and out.
There are eight different forms of naturally-occurring vitamin E - including alpha, beta, gamma and delta-tocopherol.
They’re fat-soluble, and the highest levels are found in foods like sunflower seeds and plant oils, as well as almonds, hazelnuts, olives, avocado, tomato, asparagus, broccoli and chard. Hence the deliciousness!
In Athletic Greens we include vitamin E as D-Alpha Tocopherol Succinate.
Alpha-tocopherol is by far the most active and bioavailable of the vitamin E group. When taken as a supplement, it’s the only form that can reverse symptoms of vitamin E deficiency - such as loss of balance, coordination and eye damage.
Vitamin E is commonly considered an anti-aging star, with preliminary science supporting its role as a powerful antioxidant.
It’s also believed that it may promote eye, heart, brain, liver, skin and hormonal health - however, like many natural supplements, these beliefs are not yet definitively backed by science.
Discovering Vitamin E Benefits
The benefits of many of the ingredients in our superfood supplement have been known long before you or I arrived on the scene. Some for thousands of years.
The story of vitamins is much more recent, but no less interesting!
It only started around the early nineteenth century, when scientists started to look at major deficiency syndromes. They realised that syndromes such as scurvy, beriberi, and rickets were due to vitamin deficiencies, rather than infections or toxins.
Vitamin E benefits specifically were first outed by two researchers in 1922, who found that when lab rats were only given lard for a source of food fat, they had reproductive issues and developed muscle dystrophy. They then found that a compound that existed in both wheat germ and lettuce appeared to help with the problem.
This led them to isolate vitamin E - a fat-soluble compound - from wheat germ oil, corn oil, and cottonseed oil. They found that vitamin E had a protective function - by helping to prevent unsaturated fatty acids from combining with oxygen, thus helping to avoid the breakdown of tissues.
But it wasn’t until nearly 50 years later that scientists realised vitamin E was an essential nutrient for humans.
Vitamin E Benefits And Features
So what are the key benefits of this essential nutrient?
Vitamin E preserves - acting as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals and stop fats oxidizing (similar to ‘rusting’).
Large parts of the brain, spine, eyes and skin, plus reproductive and nervous systems (as well as every single cell membrane) are made of fats, which is why the actions of vitamin E are so far-reaching.
How does vitamin E benefit the body?
✔ Acts as an antioxidant
Antioxidants ensure that everything from the DNA up is protected from free-radical damage.
✔ Maintains and protects cell membranes
By protecting the delicate fats found in the lipid-bilayer (cell wall) from free-radical damage.
✔ Enhances immune function
By protecting cell membranes, vitamin E also supports the immune system. Why? Cells need a healthy outer layer to send and receive the correct signals - otherwise things like inflammation and autoimmunity can occur.
Vitamin E also protects and helps store vitamin A, and is being investigated for its role in blood sugar regulation, insulin sensitivity, ovarian health and hormonal regulation.
Vitamin E may be useful for:
→ Age-related macular degeneration
→ Protecting against the complications of Type 2 Diabetes
→ Fatty-liver disease
→ Slowing the progress of cognitive decline and preventing Alzheimer’s disease
→ Combatting the negative effects of smoking (after the person has stopped!)
→ Cardiovascular disease
To prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol
To stop platelets sticking together
→ Symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes
→ Reducing breast pain and tenderness
→ Regulating immune function
→ Preventing and treating cancer
Dosage and safety
Vitamin E benefits are fairly easy and safe to get, which is great news for all of us!
A dosage of 100 - 1,000 mg per day is usually recommended.
Few side effects have been noted in adults taking supplements of less than 2,000 mg of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) daily, however there are currently no long term studies.
There’s a couple of things to be careful about:
Vitamin E acts as a blood thinner, and shouldn’t be taken by people with bleeding disorders or alongside anti-coagulant medication.
Certain forms of iron supplementation may interfere with vitamin E absorption. Similarly, high doses of vitamin E can inhibit the function of vitamin K and clotting mechanisms.
Concerns have been raised about vitamin E supplementation and a higher risk of haemorrhage in some individuals, plus an increased risk of prostate cancer - but the scientific jury is still out
How To Get Your Vitamin E Benefits
Sure I’m biased, but I’ll say it anyway: what better way to get your vitamin E benefits than in your daily dose of Athletic Greens!
Vitamin E works well alongside the other strong antioxidants in our Athletic Greens mix, such as vitamins A & C, to help prevent damage to cells in the body or to repair existing damage.
Vitamin E also works well with Alpha Lipoic Acid as it can effectively “recycle” the Vitamin E once it absorbs the damage and get it out there again to repair even more damage.
Finally, it works well with vitamins A & C, zinc, selenium, astragalus, ginger rhizome and Reishi and Shiitake mushroom to strengthen immune function.
But aside from how well it sits in our supplement, vitamin E is an incredible antioxidant, with a wide range of actions in, and benefits to, the body.
The current science supports its use for eye disease and preventing the complications of diabetes - plus healthy cognitive, cardiovascular and immune function.
And let’s not forget that it may improve symptoms of hormonal dysregulation, prevent cancer and help us age gracefully, too! So line up to reap the benefits of this incredible vitamin, it’s all in our mix!