How Does Vitamin E Help the Body?

Just like most other vitamins, there are a number of ways in which vitamin E can help your body. Men need about 4mg a day, while women should consume around 3mg a day. Though  it is good to note that your body can store excess vitamin E, so you may not need to have it in your diet every day. 

What is Vitamin E?

Vitamin E is an essential mineral required for the human body to function properly. It is vital in maintaining healthy skin and eyes. It is also a large contributing factor to the immune system as it helps the body fight infection. Vitamin E is consumed through eating a balanced diet, however a person struggling to consume enough vitamin E on a daily basis can take supplements.

Benefits of Vitamin E

When it comes to the advantages of vitamin E, some of these may be more obvious than others. While you may know that this vitamin helps with cell damage, you may not think too much about the various implications of this. We’ve gone through some of the main benefits of vitamin E below:

Antioxidant 

Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It helps fight against free-radicals that develop in the body and therefore helps prevent or delay chronic illnesses. By protecting cells from oxidation it prolongs the life of cells and makes them more healthy. 

Skincare 

This vitamin is also known for its skincare and nourishment properties, and is therefore included in many such products. Research suggests that a person that applies moisturiser or skincare products that include vitamin E on a regular basis will be more protected from UV exposure and have generally younger-looking skin. Vitamin E furthermore assists the body in repairing damaged skin from burns and scars. This is due to its cell restoration ability.

Anti-Ageing

Due to its lipid-replenishing ability, vitamin E will slow down the ageing process of the skin. This reduces wrinkles and lines that come with ageing. It is common for skincare and beauty products to advertise the fact that they are high in vitamin E.

Nail Health

A person with high levels of vitamin E will have healthier nails. Your nails should therefore look healthier, and taking vitamin E should help in reducing the possibility of cracking or nails appearing yellow. It should also reduce the risk of peeling.

Cancer 

A person undergoing chemotherapy may suffer from radiation induced toxicities. Supplementing with vitamin E or increasing your intake of this vitamin reduces the risk of damage that can be done through anticancer therapies. Vitamin E also slows down and in some cases stops types of cell damage. This type of damage leads to some cancers, so vitamin E can be effective in preventing certain types of cancer.

Deficiency and Recommendation

Eating a balanced diet can provide adequate levels of vitamin E. Foods such as nuts, seeds, leafy green vegetables and many cereal products all contain ample levels of vitamin E. Therefore it is uncommon for a person to be deficient in this nutrient. 

A person suffering from a deficiency is likely to suffer from nerve and muscle damage, resulting in stiffness of movement and feeling weak. Due to its large contribution to the immune system, another sign of a vitamin E deficiency may be a weak immune system that is not able to combat infections efficiently.

As mentioned above, you only need a few milligrams of vitamin E a day. A person still struggling to consume this recommended amount can meet their required levels through regular supplementation. Most people simply choose to use a couple of easy tricks to get more vitamin E into their diet. You could try snacking on sunflower seeds or adding a tablespoon of wheat germ oil to your cooking. Either of these options will give you more than a day’s worth of vitamin E, so you can just do them sporadically.

If you are concerned about your vitamin E intake, it’s a good idea to see your doctor. A blood test should reveal any serious vitamin deficiencies, and you can then adjust your diet or start taking supplements.

Sources

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-e/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318168#Risks-and-considerations

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.3109/02841869409121771