The organic benefits of Vitamin E

The Basics of Vitamin E (Science)

Vitamin E refers to a group of ten lipid-soluble compounds that include both tocopherols and tocotrienols. Of the many different forms of vitamin E, γ-tocopherol is the most common in the North American diet. γ-Tocopherol can be found in corn oil, soybean oil, margarine, and dressings. α-tocopherol, the most biologically active form of vitamin E, is the second-most common form of vitamin E in the diet. This variant can be found most abundantly in wheat germ oil, sunflower, and safflower oils.

What the experts are reporting

According to Jim Fain, PhD, more and more scientific studies are proving the value of vitamin E. This is a common opinion with experts in the field today. Three newly-published papers presented in prestigious journals all show real benefit for having vitamin E in your diet. And they prove this fact in science. Since the researchers began using natural vitamin E with their test subjects, the data has consistently shown benefit for a variety of conditions. One such study, from a well-known company, published in 2002, concludes “Vitamin E intake from foods or supplements is associated with less cognitive decline with age.”

This is great news for those of you out there who take Vitamin E regularly with food. Another published study from a different neurology journal proclaims benefit for a variety of conditions such as anorexia, depression, Alzheimer’s, cardiac disease including heart attack and more. Yet a third recently published paper shows benefit for the prevention of cardiac disease and breast cancer. So, as you can see there are many organic benefits of taking regular Vitamin E supplements in your diet.

The different forms & functions of Vitamin E

  1. Vitamin E has a stimulating effect on gene expression. Macrophages rich in cholesterol are found in the atherogenetic tissue.
  2. Vitamin E plays a role in neurological functions, and inhibition of platelet aggregation which is helps in some people and is harmful in others.
  3. Vitamin E protects lipids and prevents the oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Vitamin E has many biological functions, the antioxidant function being the most important and best known in science circles around. Other functions include enzymatic activity, gene expression, and some specialized neurological function(s). The most important function of vitamin E has been suggested to be in cell signaling.

We’ve known for a long time vitamin E is essential when dealing with hormone replacement, the monthlies and for keeping the skin in good care when taken internally and applied directly. We have heard that there is even suggestion that it will help soften a hardened liver from cirrhosis, which can be caused by drinking, or hepatitis C.

The new research today

The days are long gone when science couldn’t make up its mind if vitamin E was good for us. Researchers have awakened to the fact that the form of E makes a lot of difference. They now see the synthetic E, which is cheap, isn’t worth much and the natural, which is still inexpensive, is worth its weight in gold. This isn’t news to most folks with common sense. How could a synthetic from a petrochemical base be as good as a fully natural product? Big Duh.

This is great news. We have said all along if we were stranded on a desert island and could have only three supplements they would be ModuCare, Grapefruit Seed Extract and natural vitamin E. It appears to be reasonable to us for people to supplement with 400 IU daily without illness or risk factor and 1,000 IU with illness or risk factor. Prevention is hard to prove but the data is showing up and E is good for you.

Supplementation suggestions

Vitamin E supplementation was initially hoped to have a positive effect on health Vitamin E does not decrease mortality in adults, even at large doses, and high-dosage supplementation may slightly increase it. It does not improve blood sugar control in an unselected group of people with diabetes or decrease the risk of stroke. Daily supplementation of vitamin E does not decrease the risk of prostate cancer and may increase it. Studies on its role in age-related macular degeneration are ongoing as, though it is of a combination of dietary antioxidants used to treat the condition, it may increase the risk.

A 2012 Cochrane Review examined the potential effectiveness of antioxidant vitamin supplementation in preventing and slowing the progression of age-related cataract. The included studies involved supplementation of vitamin E, along with β-carotene and vitamin C, either dosed independently or in combination, and compared to the placebo. This research is promising to science! The systematic review showed that vitamin E supplementation had no protective effect on reducing the risk of cataract, cataract extraction, progression of cataract, and slowing the loss of visual acuity.


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