Free Radical Fighter: Vitamin E’s Impressive Antioxidant Capacities

The first 4 vitamins, in alphabetical order from A to D, take up the bulk of the attention and fanfare afforded to the collection of them. Vitamins E and K don’t get near the same level of acclaim, and more people will be asking ‘what is vitamin e good for?’ That’s interesting considering E is in large part the antioxidant equal of Vitamin C, while K is integral to bone health and promoting effective blood coagulation when you give yourself an open wound.

While we can’t do much to give them the same perceived relevance, we can and will expound on what makes Vitamin E such a valuable defender of your health and vitality, and then move on to detail as to why natural Vitamin E is better than synthetic Vitamin E.

broccoli-1450274__340.pngFree radicals tend to do their most conspicuous worst by promoting premature aging. Looking older than you are is one thing, and concerning for most, but feeling older than you are is very likely a more pressing concern for most people. That’s going to be especially true if your lifestyle pursuits are inhibited by a body that’s failing you long before it should, and as such it’s important to combat free radicals so that they don’t have free reign to do entirely as they please.

So that’s the basis for understanding all of the Vitamin E benefits. To be more specific though, Vitamin E gains its antioxidant superpowers from its mixture of 4 tocotreniols and 4 tocopherols. The tocopherols are a little more overarching in their benefits with the way they protect cells and neurons from free radicals, and also in the way they work to maintain the integrity of the cell membranes and hold them together. The tocotreniols serve more specifically to promote and maintain arterial health, and collectively they work to prevent and reduce cholesterol, and help prevent or limit the development of arthritis.

Vitamin E also coats cell walls with a protective layer of lipids, which inhibits the aging process in our tissues and reduce the negative effects of environmental pollutants and food-borne toxins that have been introduced to our bodies.

Neutralizing Threats, Big Time

Natural Vitamin E supplements work to reduce oxidative stress in the body, and as a result of less oxidative stress exposure you’re much less at risk of developing diseases / conditions / syndromes related to it. These include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Premenstrual / Menopausal / Post-menopausal
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Eye health
  • Chronic inflammation

Getting it via Diet

The next question may very well be which grocery store or local market choices qualify as Vitamin E foods. We’re very fortunate for the fact that the answer is a great many of them contain vitamin E, and so when you’re out grocery shipping go ahead and be liberal in adding the following to your cart:

  • Spinach
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Fish
  • Mangoes
  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Bran-based cereals

Choose Natural over Synthetic

Natural Vitamin E is preferable to synthetic because it generally tends to be twice as potent as synthetic versions of the supplement. To distinguish between the two, you simply need to look at the packaging. Synthetic Vitamin E will be labeled with ‘dl’ while the natural Vitamin E supplement will have a ‘d’ instead. As an example, for alpha tocopherol – d-alpha tocopherol is natural, dl-alpha-tocopherol is synthetic).

Further, it’s also important to choose a mixed tocopherol / tocotrienol supplement. That’s because many of the standard ones are the alpha-tocopherol form of Vitamin E with no gamma-tocopherol form. The gamma tocepherol form offers unique benefits.

One last tip is to take vitamin E along with a selenium supplement. Some studies have indicated it may increase the Vitamin E’s metabolic and immune-boosting properties.


Specific Health and Therapeutic treatments

In addition to tablets or capsules, Vitamin E can also come in an oil form for topical applications.Vitamin E Oil can be used for treating:

  • Chapped or Dry Lips – far superior to any petroleum-based lip gloss. Mix a few drops of the oil with a tablespoon of honey and apply
  • Reducing Scars – Rub pure Vitamin E oil on the area and massage in well, 2x per day
  • Make Hair Grow Faster – powerful antioxidant compounds repair damaged hair follicles. Add a tablespoon of the oil to eight ounces of your conditioner
  • Fight Wrinkles – Slow premature aging of the skin. Rub oil onto the skin each evening before bed
  • Hand Softener – Mix some vitamin E oil with favourite lotion or hand cream
  • Strengthen Nails – Keep your nails well hydrated by mixing the oil with an equal amount of olive oil or coconut oils and soak your nails for 10 minutes, 2x per week
  • Treat Dermatitis – Get relief pain, itching, and redness by gently rubbing some oil on the affected area each night before going to bed
  • Reduce stretch marks – Vitamin E’s powerful antioxidant compounds stimulate the body to make new skin cells and protects the collagen fibers in your skin. Mix a generous quantity of vitamin E oil with an equal amount of organic lemon juice and massage onto the affected area for 5 minutes, and then allow to sit for 30 minutes
  • Treating Hyperpigmentation Spots – Those same antioxidant compounds can reverse the damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. Mix ¾ of a teaspoon of one teaspoon of castor oil and rub this solution on the affected are each night before going to bed. Repeat for as long as necessary to see results

Vitamin E may be a lesser light in comparison to Vitamins A through D, but it’s really quite the performer and especially when it comes to keeping the body as young as possible. Get to know it and see how it can offer those same rejuvenation effects for you.