Everything you need to know about vitamin E
-Feb 4, SARA PALMER HUSSEY, PHD, Nutrition -
Vitamin E is a powerhouse for smooth skin that we’ve included in Lumity’s Morning and Night soft gel formula. As well as being an antioxidant, vitamin E plays a vital role in slowly down ageing and in skin regeneration. We’ve taken a closer look at the important role it plays in the body.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin noted for its antioxidant properties
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. That means it’s found mainly in fatty foods and needs to be consumed with fat to be absorbed.
It protects cell membranes against oxidation, inhibits the coagulation of blood to prevent blood clots and supports healthy red blood cell formation. It is vital for cellular respiration and energy metabolism and the synthesis of DNA and RNA. In addition, it preserves the integrity of lipids and other fat-soluble vitamins, protecting them from oxidation.
What is vitamin E and what is it used for?
“The primary role of vitamin E in our body is as an antioxidant. It’s also thought to help protect LDL cholesterol (known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol) against damage,” Shona Wilkinson, who is a registered nutritionist, explains.
“Damaged (oxidised) LDL cholesterol may encourage inflammation in the blood vessels, which in turn can trigger build-up of plaque, leading to heart disease.”
She adds: “Vitamin E may also play another role in heart health: helping to prevent abnormal blood clotting, keeping our blood thin and flowing freely.”
Vitamin E protects fatty acids in the body and prevents the oxidation of some hormones, such as those released from the pituitary and adrenal glands. This property plays a vital role in slowing down ageing and tissue degeneration.
It also helps heart and muscle cell respiration by improving their functioning with less oxygen and so may help improve stamina and endurance and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Vitamin E reduces platelet aggregation and adhesiveness more so than aspirin, which further reduces risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
Which foods contain vitamin E?
“Good sources of vitamin E include seeds and nuts – especially sunflower seeds followed by almonds and hazelnuts,” says Shona Wilkinson, who is a registered nutritionist. “Wheat germ is also a good source, and egg yolk, butter and leafy greens such as kale and chard also contain a reasonable amount of this vitamin.”
What are the benefits of vitamin E?
Vitamin E has been shown to provide some protection against cognitive decline and the incidence and progression of degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. The brain has a high oxygen consumption rate and abundant polyunsaturated fatty acids in the neuronal cell membranes. Vitamin E’s role in preventing the oxidation of lipids and, therefore, protecting the integrity of cell membranes would explain this hypothesis.
In order to assist with healing and to minimise clotting, vitamin E is a useful nutrient before and after surgery. It significantly assists in the repair of skin lesions, ulcers, burns, abrasions and dry skin, and diminishes the scars caused from injury or surgery. Vitamin E prevents and repairs cell and tissue damage during radiation therapy. It also enhances immunity.
Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist adds: “Vitamin E may also play a role in fertility and reproduction – especially for healthy sperm in men. Its role here too is thought to be as an antioxidant, protecting the sperm”
FAQ: What is the recommended daily dosage of vitamin E?
Lumity contains just 9IU of vitamin E, which is wholly beneficial in supporting its antioxidant, immune-stimulating and skin-healing action in the body without any risk of toxicity.