Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Continuing my special series on supplements we bring our attention to vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant. You can not have enough antioxidants in your body, especially when you are aging and living in the 21st century. And I don’t mean to suggest that you should just take them indiscriminately as long as the label says antioxidant.
You need to take them in proper combinations and doses so their interaction enhances their effects.
Vitamin E can be found in synthetic preparations so be aware of it. If on the label you see “dl” this indicates that it is synthetic. “d” is natural. The formulations I user are in their natural form.
All studies have shown our bodies need hundreds of milligrams of supplementation to achieve significant antioxidant activity and desired improvements and protection.
That cannot be obtained from diet alone.
Conditions Vitamin E has been used in connection with:
Two important studies in The New England Journal of Medicine have shown that men and women who took vitamin E supplementation for at least 2 years, have up to a 40% drop in the risk of heart disease.
- High cholesterol
- Immune function
- Restless leg syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Where is it found?
Wheat germ oil, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, whole grains, egg yolks and leafy
vegetables all contain vitamin E.
Vitamin E toxicity is extremely rare and supplementation is safe in low doses and is part of conventional as well as integrative medicine programs. A diet high in unsaturated fats increases requirement of vitamin E supplementation.