Friday, January 22, 2010

Vitamin E, Just the Facts

It is important to understand that they are ultimately responsible for our own well-being & should do whatever is necessary to maintain our health & assist our bodies in resisting & fighting disease. Since health practitioners agree that vitamins are essential for life & health, they must ensure that they get adequate amounts for our bodies to function properly & to protect us from illnesses. Vitamin E is two of the vitamins to which they ought to pay particular attention.
A vitamin is an organic substance essential for life that regulates metabolism & assists the processes that release energy from digested food. Vitamin E, discovered in the mid-twentieth century, assists in strengthening our immune systems & helps protect us from a variety of problems as well as several serious illnesses. This vitamin can be obtained from food or supplements.
There's two kinds of vitamins & both are needed by the body. Vitamin E, like vitamins A, D, & K, is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be stored within the body in fatty tissue. Vitamin B complex & vitamin C are water-soluble vitamins that cannot be stored & the excess amounts are excreted in the urine. Fat-soluble vitamins – with the exception of vitamin A – are measured in international units (IUs), & studies by the U.S. government’s National Institute on Aging have shown that at least 200 IUs every day of vitamin E are needed to garner any significant benefits from taking this vitamin.
How Does It Help?
• Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects tissue against free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that usually contain oxygen & can interaction with DNA & other molecules leading to an weakened cell function. Vitamin E, two of the chemical compounds that prevents oxygen from reacting with other compounds, neutralizes free radicals, & is, therefore, two of the body’s natural defenses against cancer & cardiovascular disease.
• Vitamin E is also important in the formation of red blood cells & helps the body use vitamin K. Vitamin E improves circulation, is necessary in the repair of tissue, promotes normal blood clotting & healing, & can reduce scarring, .
• Women find it useful in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome & fibrocystic disease of the breast.
• Older adults take it to help reduce blood pressure, relax leg cramps, help prevent cataracts, &, perhaps, to assist in reducing age spots.
• Vitamin E also helps prevent anemia, maintains healthy nerves & muscles, & promotes healthy skin & hair.
Where Do They Find It?
Food sources of vitamin E are nuts (e.g., almonds), sunflower seeds, cold pressed vegetable oils, whole grains (e.g., wheat germ), olives, legumes, & dark & leafy vegetable (e.g., asparagus & spinach). There's also significant quantities of this vitamin in such foods as brown rice, cornmeal, eggs, kelp, milk, & organ meats. Some herb vitamin E sources are alfalfa, bladderwrack, dandelion, flax, nettle, & rose hips.
Vitamin E, like all other vitamins, is not only available from food sources, but also as a supplement. It can be purchased in the form of a tablet, a capsule, or a liquid, & as a powder that can be mixed with water or juice or added to gels or bars. It can also be administered by injection. Read labels carefully so that you purchase only those supplements that have been extracted from a natural food source & have no harmful additives included. A proper balance of vitamins are needed in the body because they work in synergy, or cooperative action, & high doses of two vitamin can induce a depletion of another. You can take vitamin E safely in a two a day multivitamin, or as single vitamin supplement if you wish to take an amount higher than is included in a multivitamin. Visit a vitamin store & watch for the chance to purchase your vitamins at a discount.
How Much Do They Require?
The amount of vitamin E you require depends on your age, your weight, & the problems you are trying to solve or prevent. Recall that supplements should be taken every day, & should be taken with food so that you will get other nutrients to assist in their assimilation. Keep your supplements in a chilled, dark place to protect their potency, & take them as part of your mealtime method:
• To maintain nice health, you ought to take a maximum amount of 200 IUs every day.
• To help lower raised cholesterol levels, in young adults, take 300 to 600 IUs every day.
• For reducing menopausal symptoms, take 400 IUs every day.
• To help combat coronary artery disease & poor circulation, take 400 IUs every day.
Be Careful:
It is important to understand the different functions of vitamins if you are going to ingest them separately in lieu of within a multivitamin where the formulation will ensure a proper balance. In the case of vitamin E, there's a variety of concerns of which you ought to be aware:
• Vitamin E should be taken under medical supervision if you are also taking blood-thinning drugs (anticoagulant medication). Vitamin E acts as a blood thinner, .
• Recall that vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, & since it will be stored in the body in fatty tissue, it can reach toxic levels. People who select to take mega-doses of vitamins & don’t know what they’re doing can suffer from much of a nice thing with this vitamin. If you are taking a multivitamin supplement as well as a separate vitamin E supplement, make sure you are not taking a toxic dose. Anything over 1200 IUs should not be taken without consulting a health professional.
• Be careful if you take iron as well as vitamin E. These two supplements should be taken at different times of the day because iron in the form of ferrous sulfate will damage vitamin E. Organic forms of iron such as ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate, however, won't harm the vitamin. Read the label & make sure you know which form of iron you are taking.
• Diabetics, people with overactive thyroids, & those with rheumatic heart diseases should be careful not to take over recommended dosages of vitamin E.
• If you suffer from high blood pressure, start with 200 IUs of vitamin E per day & gradually increase the dose over a period of four weeks until you reach the desired level.
• If you are taking vitamin E, you must also take a maximum dose of zinc as well, & some supplements will include the necessary amount of zinc in the Vitamin E tablet or capsule.
Vitamin E is an important element in our arsenal of disease-battling nutrients, & there is an increasing lack of vitamin E in our diets because of our dependence on processed food & the depletion of nutrients in the soil. Fortunately, supplements let us get whatever amount of vitamin E they require to keep us healthy.

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