Posted on Oct 19, 2020, 5 p.m.
One of the most popular antioxidants and vitamins out there is vitamin E -- and it’s easy to see why. This essential nutrient occurs naturally in a lot of different foods and offers a great number of health benefits, in addition to keeping our eyes healthy. In this article, we will dive deep into some benefits and go through them one by one:
In one of our previous posts, we mentioned how a recent study conducted by scientists from Texas Tech University suggests that vitamin E may be one of the best anti-aging agents that helps protect the brain, bones and heart. The study, which involved 89 menopausal women with varying levels of bone weakness, further noted how fat-soluble vitamin E can help protect the brain from degradation, the heart from damage to the walls and blood vessels, and the bones from weakness by supporting bone-building cells and limiting those that break bones down.
Vitamin E can work wonders for the skin in two different ways. A review of AR Vitamin E Cream posted on PrettyMe emphasized how, topically, vitamin E can help address a range of skin disorders and repair the skin. These disorders can include melasma, cellulite, stretch marks, dark spots, acne, pimple marks, wrinkles and loose skin. From the inside, a review of Nature Made's Vitamin E 400 IU by Chicago Tribune explained how this potent vitamin can prevent oxidative damage to cells by removing free radicals that damage the skin. Due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin E can also be used to hydrate the skin, protect it from the sun and calm irritations.
Development of the nervous system during pregnancy
Believe it or not, this impressive vitamin can also aid in the development of a child's nervous system during pregnancy. A recent study on zebrafish by researchers from Oregon State University found that vitamin E plays a crucial role in the development of embryos -- specifically in the formation of the brain and the nervous system. The study further highlighted how fish embryos show defects in both the neural tube and brain when vitamin E is limited.
This micronutrient is not only important in the formation of the brain and of the nervous system but also in the promotion of certain cognitive functions. A rundown of vitamins that improve brain health by Healthline cited a study that showcased how high amounts of vitamin E can help people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Participants who took doses of 2,000 international units (IU) a day exhibited slower functional decline and decreased caregiver burden.
Taking vitamin E with caution
However, too much of anything is bad, and this rule applies to vitamin E as well. WebMD’s article on Vitamin E explained how excessive consumption of this vitamin can make bleeding disorders worse, increase the risk of heart failure in people with diabetes, worsen insulin resistance, heighten the chance of cancer recurrence and the risk of death for people with a history of heart attack. To make the most out of the benefits that vitamin E offers and avoid complications, make it a habit to seek the advice of professionals.
About the author:
As someone who grew up a tad bit more sickly than the rest of her peers, Julie Borden made it her life's mission to read up on as many health articles as possible and learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle. Now that she's done with her undergraduate studies, Julie is looking forward to taking online classes that will further hone her writing skills and enable her to share her knowledge better.
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