Vitamin E(or Tocopherol) is best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E is a natural constituent of many foods; it is good for having healthy skin, strong hair follicles, wound healing and repair, and general male and female sexual health.
Vitamin E is stored in the body and Vitamin E deficiency may be rare. The benefits of vitamin E are well noticed when its deficiency (which is quite rare) occurs. However, I still advise to not take Vitamin E supplements, and to rely on Vitamin E Rich Foods and Sources instead unless a Vitamin E supplements is medically prescribed by your medical doctor or licensed dietitian.
The following listing of Vitamin E benefits is not limited to 15 only. As you are going to notice, some of Vitamin E benefits will cause the body to function in a healthy way which leads to other secondary benefits of Vitamin E. Here is a listing of the 15 major benefits of vitamin E:
- Longer cell life: due to the famous properties of Vitamin E as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, vitamin E helps maintaining the health of human cells and gives them a longer life. The normal aging processes of the body that cause weakening of the cells are also opposed by vitamin E. Vitamin E therefore, is also known as anti-aging vitamin.
- Vitamin E is good for blood vessels. Vitamin E prevents arteriolosclerosis (the condition of thickening and hardening of the arterial walls of the arteries). As a result, Vitamin E helps preventing and reducing high blood pressure. Vitamin E may also reduce the risk of heart attack and chest pain.
- Vitamin E may be used to treat diabetes and several other disorders such as cataracts (aging related clouding of the eye lens that affects the vision). Vitamin E also provides cover against neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Vitamin E is responsible for thinning of blood. This may be of great help in patients with altered coagulatory profile. Vitamin E prevents platelet clumping and formation of both thrombi and emboli; thrombi is a lood clot that stays where it is formed and doesn’t circulate with the blood and emboli is a clot or other abnormal object that circulate in the blood. Vitamin E reduces the risk of sunstroke and coronary heart diseases.
- Vitamin E plays a role in maintaining health of the skin cells and hair follicles. Vitamin E increases the blood circulation in scalp and nourishes the cells in the area. Vitamin E capsule are usually used for hair treatments. These capsules strengthen the roots and the tips of the hair. It also strengthens the capillary walls and aids in healing process. Vitamin E is also good for treating sunburns since it is absorbed by epidermis. Apart from this, vitamin E can improve muscle health and prevent muscle damage. In the elderly, vitamin E shows improvement in physical activity and increased strength.
- Another benefit of vitamin E is the regeneration of cells. Vitamin E can be used for the treatment of scars, acne and wrinkles. For people who develop age spots, Vitamin E may be the best option since it reduces the appearance of these spots on skin. Vitamin E can also restore the moisture in skin. Vitamin E oil is used to help the skin regain its health and making it looks fresher than before. Vitamin E oils can also be used for dry hands and feet. If you wish, you may also use it as bath oil and let your whole body take the benefit of the anti aging vitamin.
- Vitamin E can help in treating cracked and split nails. A daily soak in the vitamin oil for about 5-10 minutes can do wonders.
- For people who have fine lines around their eyes, vitamin E is a great option to go with. Vitamin E also makes the dark circles disappear. The additional advantage of vitamin E oil is that it can be used as a makeup remover. A drop at a time on the cotton swab will not only moisturize but also remove make up from your skin.
- Cracked and sensitive lips that are unable to tackle any large chemical compounds present in lip moisturizers can use vitamin E oil also as a lip moisturizer. One benefit that comes with vitamin E oil is that it doesn’t make your lips feel gooey.
- Vitamin E works as a free radical scavenger and therefore protects against cigarette smoke, air pollution and ultraviolet rays coming from sunlight. This property of vitamin E is responsible for controlling cancers especially the oral cancers, gastric cancer and prostate cancers etc.
- Vitamin E in pregnancy can prevent the raise in blood pressure and help in management of preeclampsia. Premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), menopausal syndrome, breast cancer and hot flushes may also include vitamin E as a treatment plan.
- Vitamin E can reduce respiratory infections, asthma and skin disorders; and it may be used to treat infertility and impotence, allergies, ulcers etc.
- Huntington’s chorea which is a neurological disorder is treated by vitamin E; which seems to improve the symptoms in the early stage of the disease.
- Some other functions of vitamin E include:
Treatment plan in Parkinson’s disease
Treatment of G6PD deficiency proven
As a treatment for beta thalassemia, Uveitis (inflammation of vascular coat of the eye), dementia and fibrosis that occurs due to radiation.
Though not clinically, the vitamin E dose with vitamin C and zinc plus beta carotene can all work together to slow the age related macular degeneration in the eye. Macula is a point in the eye that provides the greatest visual acuity. If the macula starts to degenerate due to any reason, the eye suffers due to a great loss of vision.
Vitamin E, along with other vitamins is important for the body to function properly. The deficiency may show the relevant signs and symptoms and can be treated by using either vitamin E capsules or natural vitamin E rich foods and sources. It is always better to opt for the natural products over the supplements, for the latter may carry unavoidable side effects.