How does Vitamin E help the body?

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

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 

It is also known for its skincare and nourishment properties. Research suggests that a person that applies moisturiser or skincare products on a regular basis will be more protected from UV exposure, have generally younger-looking skin and 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. This helps nails look healthier, reducing the possibility of cracking or appearing yellow. As well as reducing the risk of peeling.

Cancer 

A person undergoing chemotherapy may suffer from radiation-induced toxicities. Supplementing with Vitamin E or increasing intake of Vitamin E 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.

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

A male requires a recommended 4mg a day and a female 3mg a day. A person still struggling to consume this recommended amount can meet these required levels through regular supplementation.

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

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