Vitamin E is one of the major antioxidants that our body requires. Did you know that Vitamin E is actually several different compounds? It is made up of alpha-, beta-, delta-, and gamma-tocopherol; and alpha-, beta-, delta-, and gamma-tocotrienol. Here again we run into the synthetic versus natural vitamin issue. Since you likely have a supplement containing Vitamin E (as it is one of the most popular supplements) read what it actually contains. Most likely it is one of the above synthetic compounds, not the complete Vitamin E as found in nature. Why is this important? Well, when you read about the studies that say Vitamin E does not support the heart function read the detail of what they used for Vitamin E. Hint – it wasn’t complete Vitamin E. So, of course it isn’t going to work! And remember our discussion about Selenium? (If not, click here) Selenium is also part of the whole Vitamin E complex.
Vitamin E supports a healthy immune system and proper nerve and muscle function. As mentioned above it is also important to the heart and supports circulation through healthy blood clotting. It keeps the skin and hair shiny and healthy. And as an antioxidant, Vitamin E supports tissue regeneration. It benefits the blood, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, integumentary, nervous, and respiratory systems – looks like almost the whole body!
We can obtain Vitamin E from almonds, leafy greens (collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnip greens), olives, papaya, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and wheat germ oil.
Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Thiensville. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.