Why Your Body Needs Vitamin E
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Your body requires several vitamins and minerals each day to ensure that it will be able to function at full capacity. You’re probably aware of the other essential vitamins that your body needs such as vitamin B and vitamin C. What many people are not aware of is how much your body needs vitamin E.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient, meaning that it is able to be dissolved in fat. Fat- soluble vitamins are essential for your body, because they aid in the growth, function and maintenance of your body tissues.
Beyond that, here are some of the top reasons it’s so important to keep vitamin E in your diet:
- Prevents Diseases. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, which can help prevent damage caused by free radicals that your body comes into contact with on a daily basis. If free radicals are not fought against, your cells can be broken down and this increases your risk of cancer. Vitamin E also helps in preventing inflammation, which can also be the cause of major diseases.
- Improves Vision. Vitamin E can help with decreasing your risk of macular degeneration, which is a common age-related eye disease that can usually cause blindness. For vitamin E to help improve your vision, you must also remember to take vitamin C, zinc and beta carotene along with vitamin E to achieve the full effects. Vitamin E can also help prevent cataracts. A study in 2008 concluded that women whose diets had high levels of lutein and vitamin E had a lower risk of cataracts than those who did not have high levels.
- Repairs Damaged Skin. Often times as we age, our skin loses elasticity and moisture, causing wrinkles and dry skin. Vitamin E can help repair this damage and improves moisture as well as elasticity, therefore, acting as a natural anti-aging nutrient. Since vitamin E reduces inflammation, it also helps to maintain healthy and young looking skin.
Taking vitamin E with a dose of vitamin C can also help to fight against inflammation within your skin after you have had exposure to UV rays, which are often the cause of acne and eczema.
- Increases Energy. Vitamin E helps reduce fatigue and increases your energy by promoting blood circulation throughout your entire body. Along with increasing your energy levels, the antioxidant property found in this vitamin also lowers the levels of oxidative stress that can affect your muscles after you exercise. Because of this, it can help improve muscle strength.
There are plenty of ways to make sure that you get plenty of vitamin E in your daily diet. On top of supplements that can be found at your local pharmacy, there are lots of foods that contain this essential nutrient.
- Nuts such as walnuts, peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts
- Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
- Greens such as collard, mustard and turnip
- Sweet potatoes
What’s your favorite way to stay on top of your vitamin E intake? Share with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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