Vitamin E is the collective name for a group of eight fat-soluble compounds, including alpha-tocopherol, that have antioxidant powers in the body. Your cells will cheer vitamin E’s arrival—it lives in their membranes, protecting them from harm. Like vitamin C, E guards against damaging free radicals, including the ones you’re exposed to in air pollution, the sun’s UV light, and cigarette smoke. In addition, the body needs E to boost its immune system in order to fight off bacteria and viruses, and E also helps keep blood vessels dilated, preventing blood clots. Vitamin E is made by plants, so plant-based fats and oils are the best sources. It’s found naturally in vegetable oils (like olive, almond, and sunflower oils), nuts (like almonds, hazelnuts, and pine nuts), seeds (especially sunflower seeds), and avocado, and synthetic vitamin E is added to fortified cereals and fruit juices. You can also look for a multivitamin that contains E or take a separate supplement. Although a vitamin E deficiency is pretty rare in healthy people, it can be an issue for those who have illnesses that cause problems with fat digestion and absorption, like IBD and rare genetic diseases. One sign of an E deficiency is a weakened immune system, so it's a supplement to consider if you have an invisible illness.
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Ben Greenfield Fitness: Why Your Vitamin E Supplement Could Be Harming You (& The "One Plant Wonder" Alternative That Could Be The Single Most Powerful Molecule If You're Stranded On A Desert Island)
At the recent A4M conference in Vegas, I ran into intriguing research from Dr. Barrie Tan, a scientist with a Ph.D in Chemistry and Biochemistry. For the last 35 years, Barrie has immersed himself in the world of Vitamin E (particularly from annatto) and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts credited with discovering a molecule called "tocotrienol" from three major natural sources: -Palm: from his native Malaysia... -Rice: at the invitation of the Prince of Thailand... -Annatto: chance finding while in Ecuador searching for lutein... It turned out that palm and rice lacked the potency as they contain too much tocopherol, so Barrie moved his research interest away briefly from tocotrienol, when by serendipity he found the best-in-class tocotrienol in the annatto plant from the Amazon. Since then, Barrie’s relationship with annatto has spanned 20 years.
Healthy Lifestyle Show: Superfoods 5 - Vitamins D, E & K With Jay Author
In this episode we speak with Jay Author about his knowledge of superfoods and Vitamins D, E, and K. Jay Author is an entrepreneur, visionary, motivator, mentor, passionate about charities, and passionate about sharing healthy lifestyle tips through his books.
- Harvard School of Public Health. Vitamin E. Harvard School of Public Health. Vitamin E.
- Adv. Nutr. Natural forms of vitamin E as effective agents for cancer prevention and therapy. Adv. Nutr. Natural forms of vitamin E as effective agents for cancer prevention and therapy.
- Mayo Clinic. Vitamin E . Mayo Clinic. Vitamin E .
- National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements. Vitamin E fact sheet for consumers. National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements. Vitamin E fact sheet for consumers.
- Oregon State University: Linus Pauling Institute. Vitamin E. Oregon State University: Linus Pauling Institute. Vitamin E.