The Benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found naturally in many of the foods we eat. It is also made and sold in synthetic form as a health supplement. The natural and synthetic forms of vitamin E benefit the body in many ways.

A protective shield between cells and roaming carcinogens in the body is one of the benefits of Vitamin E.  These carcinogens are often refereed to as free radicals and they are believed to cause heart disease and cancers such as bladder, prostate, and some breast cancers. Vitamin E interferes with free radicals adhering themselves to cells which is needed for disease and cancer growth, thus offering a shield of protection from these for those with a sufficient amount of vitamin E in the body. Studies show that in order for the body to benefit from the full shielding qualities of vitamin E, it needs at least 15milligrams of Vitamin E every day.

Cell regenerating agent is another of the benefits of Vitamin E. The body uses Vitamin E to assist in the regenerating of important cells such as those involving DNA, cell repair, and metabolic life functioning systems of the body.

Early and promising studies are strongly suggesting that another of the benefits of Vitamin E may be in the delaying or bypassing entirely in some cases of the development of cataracts in the eyes. A cataract is a condition that forms a cloudy film substance over the lens of the eye, distorting and diminishing vision and depth perception. Vitamin E may also guard against or slow the progress in development of other serious ocular disorders such as macular degeneration. However more studies need to be done before being added to the growing list of benefits of Vitamin E.

To maintain the protective qualities of Vitamin E in the body against the free radicals that cause disease and cancers, it is suggested that teens and adults feed the body 15milligrams of Vitamin E daily. It is safe to increase the suggested daily amount of vitamin E to 1000miligrams a day. People are cautioned against going beyond 1000miligrams of vitamin E each day however because it is believed that the body can not digest, use, and benefit from the protective qualities of Vitamin E in amounts higher than 1000miligrams a day.

You can easily feed your body the suggested 15milligrams of Vitamin E it needs to protect you from disease and cancer every day by eating foods that are high in vitamin E. Good choices include leafy, green vegetables, nuts, oils made from vegetables, and cereals fortified with vitamin E.

Vitamin E supplements which are available in liquid, pill, and other forms and sold in health, drug, and grocery stores can be used to feed the body greater amounts of vitamin E. There are conditions such as intestinal disorders and other diseases that often block the body from being able to fully extract and absorb vitamin E from foods and in those cases, vitamin E supplements become even more important.  Vitamin E supplements inject this nutrient directly into the body without the body having to exhaust its energy reserves which are in short supply with chronic conditions, trying to extract vitamin E from foods.  This leaves the body with more energy to work on the absorption of this valuable nutrient. More energy helps the body to better absorb and retain more amounts of the vitamin E that can be lost by those suffering from intestinal and other diseases.

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