Benefits Of Vitamin E

Published 5/14/13

What Is Vitamin E?

Vitamin E is the generic term given to the group of eight fat-soluble compounds that include both tocopherols and tocotrineols. Chemically speaking, vitamin E is essentially an antioxidant in all of its forms. As a fat-soluble antioxidant, Vitamin E prevents the production of reactive oxygen species (oxygen ions and peroxides) that are formed when fat becomes oxidized. Found in corn oil, soybean oil, and margarine, gamma-tocopherol (y-tocopherol) is the most common form of vitamin E in North America. The second most popular form of vitamin E in North America is alpha-tocopherol (a-tocopherol), which is found in wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oils.

Vitamin E Benefits

As an antioxidant, vitamin E limits the damage of free radicals roaming throughout the body and lowers the risk of certain cancer types, especially prostate cancer. The antioxidant capacity also boosts the immune system and respiratory system as it prevents and limits the effects of the common cold as well as increasing the body’s ability to fight off the flu. Modern health professionals agree that vitamin E is one of the most effective vitamins when it comes to skin health. Vitamin E prevents wrinkle damage to the skin by blocking free radicals as well as treats existing wrinkles by boosting collagen production, supporting the development of new skin cells, and boosting the regeneration of skin cells. The blocking of dangerous free radicals by vitamin E also limits the amount of permanent damage when an open wound exists because free radicals prevent healing from occurring. The boosted immune system can also help protect the body from harmful carcinogenics, another way that vitamin E lowers the risk of cancer. 

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