Vitamin E refers to a group of compounds that include both tocopherols and tocotrienols. α-tocopherol, the most biologically active form of vitamin E, is the second-most common form of vitamin E in the diet. As a fat-soluble antioxidant, it interrupts the propagation of reactive oxygen species that spread through biological membranes or through a fat when its lipid content undergoes oxidation by reacting with more-reactive lipid radicals to form more stable products
Functions of Vitamin E
- Vitamin E serve as a protective antioxidant that fights cholesterol oxidation, By fight free radical damage in the body, which leads to cholesterol oxidation.
- Tocotrienol isomers in vitamin E can also prevent cell adhesion and therefore slow down progression of atherosclerosis,
- Isomers of vitamin E have powerful antioxidant abilities that have the power to reduce free radical damage, fight inflammation, and therefore help naturally slow aging in your cells and fight off health issues like heart disease
- It strengthening the capillary walls and improve moisture and elasticity, acting as a natural anti-aging nutrient within your body.
- vitamin E reduces inflammation within your body and on your skin and helps in healing process in skin.
- vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, it helps decrease environmental damage to your hair and it promotes circulation in scalp.
- Vitamin E can play a crucial role in balancing your endocrine and nervous systems
- Vitamin E is also used for cataracts, asthma, respiratory infections, skin disorders, aging skin, sunburns, cystic fibrosis, infertility, impotence, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), peptic ulcers, for certain inherited diseases and to prevent allergies.
- Vitamin E is sometimes used for improving physical endurance, increasing energy, reducing muscle damage after exercise, and improving muscle strength.
Hypervitaminosis E ; Regular consumption of more than 1,000 mg (1,500 IU) of tocopherols per day may be expected to cause hypervitaminosis E, with an associated risk of vitamin K deficiency and consequently of bleeding problems.
Deficiency of Vitamin K may cause
- spinocerebellar ataxia
- skeletal myopathy
- peripheral neuropathy
- impairment of the immune response
- red blood cell destruction
Sources of Vitamin E
Nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils are among the best sources of alpha-tocopherol, and significant amounts are available in green leafy vegetables and fortified cereals.
Some food with Vitamin E are Wheat germ oil, rapeseed oil, sun flower oil, Almond oil, Safflower oil, Almond, Wheat gram, Hazelnuts, Olive oil, Peanut, leafy vegetables, spinach, turnip, beet greens, collard greens, butter, Avocadas, Cocoa butter, Sesame oil, Asparagus, Kiwifruit, Cashew nuts, Pumpkin, Sweat potato, Mangoes, Walnuts, Tomatoes, Rockfish etc.,