Monday, January 26

Vitamin E is essential for skin care as a potent antioxidant

Vitamin E is a family of chemical compounds existing in eight forms, four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. Slightly different biological activity has been attributed to each form. Alpha tocopherol is the most active form of vitamin E found in the human beings. Vitamin E is fat soluble. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant protecting our bodies from harmful effects of the free radicals. Free radicals damage our body cells and cause cancer and contribute to the development of cardiovascular diseases. Vitamin E also helps in metabolic processes including DNA repair and immune function. Vitamin E is believed to be good for skin because of its antioxidant properties and used in cosmetic and food products. In aged people cataract is encountered leading to disability and blindness. Vitamin E helps in the prevention of cataract growth. Persons taking moderate levels of vitamin E have been found to have a lower risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Deficiency Persons who cannot absorb fats suffer from the deficiency because some dietary fat is required for the absorption of this vitamin. Vitamin E deficiency may cause anemia due to oxidative damage of red blood cells by free radicals. Neurological problems may arise in vitamin E deficiency. Peripheral neuropathy may result in deficiency causing loss of sensation, pain and tingling sensation in extremities. Toxicity In very high doses when taken as supplement vitamin E may cause bleeding. High doses also may cause muscle weakness and fatigue, blurred vision and intestinal cramps and diarrhea. When taken from natural foods alone vitamin E does not have toxicity. Sources Vegetables, green leaves like spinach, vegetable oils, whole grains and fruits are good sources of vitamin E. For further information please visit the dynamic nature web site.

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