Vitamin E

Vitamin E, whole food form best, fat-soluble antioxidant, assists red cells carry oxygen. Promotes normal blood clotting healing, reduces blood pressure, improves athletic performance. Vitamin E (fat-soluble) was first discovered more than 70 years ago when researchers found that an oil compound in vegetables was necessary for rat reproduction.  They named the compound tocopherol; tekos is Greek for "offspring."  A few years later they gave the compound the name we all recognize, vitamin E.  Later research has revealed that there are actually four different tocopherol compounds.   The researchers named each of these four after one of the first four letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta.   

Vitamin E, because it can be oxidized protects other cells and substances in the body from oxidation, thus vitamin E is called an antioxidant.  By being oxidized itself vitamin E protects polyunsaturated fats and other fat-soluble substances such as vitamin A.  Vitamin E protects the lungs where cell membranes are exposed to high oxidation damage.  Where the red blood cells carry oxygen to other parts of the body vitamin E protects the cell membranes there from oxygen damage.  This same anti-oxidant protection also protects the white blood cells of our immune system.  Normal nerve cell development is also dependent on Vitamin E.  

Benefits of vitamin E:
Ease premenstrual syndrome, help prevent fibrocystic disease of the breast, promotes normal blood clotting and healing, reduces scarring from wounds, reduces blood pressure, helps prevent cataracts, improves athletic performance, relaxes leg cramps, enhance sperm production in some men, helps maintain healthy nerves and muscles, strengthens capillary walls, promotes healthy skin and hair, helps prevent anemia, helps prevent retrolental fibroplasias (an eye disorder of premature infants), substantially reduce prostate cancer in men who smoke, may slow the progression of Alzheimer"s disease, retard aging, prevent age spots, is more protective than aspirin for the prevention of heart attacks (aspirin kills 3000 people per year), protects against bowel cancer.  Epidemiological links have been identified between the increase in the incidence of heart disease and the increasing lack of vitamin E in the American diet due to our reliance on over processed foods.    

Vitamin E and Alzheimer"s:
A Study by Johns Hopkins Researchers published in the Annals of Neurology showing that 400 IUs of vitamin E, taken in concert with 500 mg of vitamin C, reduced the risk of Alzheimer"s by 60 percent.

Synthetic verses natural vitamin E in supplements: (Also see Dr. Robert Thiel Vitamin E report below)
A human study by Acuff (et al) found that isolated natural vitamin E was absorbed 3.42 times better than synthetic in cord blood during pregnancy.  A human urinary excretion study suggests that the body may want to rid itself of the synthetic as quickly as possible.  Synthetic vitamin E is produced by commercially coupling rimethythydroquinone (TMHQ) with isophytol.  This chemical reaction produces a difficult-to-separate mixture.  On the other hand the natural form vitamin E  RRR-alpha-tocopherol (food) up to 7.02 times more is retained by the body.

How to choose the most natural vitamin E supplement:
Avoid all-rac-alpha-tocopherol, which is a total synthetic.  The most naturally absorbable form of vitamin E is d-alpha-tocophero.    Wheat germ oil easy to absorb of those listed below.     

Food sources:
Cold pressed vegetable oils, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, brown rice, cornmeal, dulse, eggs, kelp, desiccated liver, milk, oatmeal, organ meats, soybeans, sweet potatoes, watercress, wheat, wheat germ, alfalfa, bladderwrack, dandelion, dong quai, flaxseed, nettle, oat straw, raspberry leaf, and rose hips.

Reference:
Naturopathy For The 21st Century, Robert J. Thiel, Ph.D., Whitman Publications, 2000
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis CNC and James Balch M.D., Avery Books, 3rd Edition, 2000
Nutrition Concepts and Controversies, Frances Sizer and Eleanor Whitney, West Publishing, 6th Edition, 1994

 

 

 

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Important Note:
The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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