Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which protects cells from oxidative stress.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin noted for its antioxidant properties.
It protects cell membranes against oxidation, inhibits the coagulation of blood to prevent blood clots and supports healthy red blood cell formation. It is vital for cellular respiration and energy metabolism and the synthesis of DNA and RNA. In addition, it preserves the integrity of lipids and other fat-soluble vitamins, protecting them from oxidation.
Vitamin E is also known as tocopherol, meaning 'to bear children', which highlights its link to fertility. Vitamin E was discovered in 1922 during experiments on rats in which it was found that a diet devoid of vitamin E rendered the rats infertile. Therefore, the vitamin was so-named tocopherol.
Vitamin E protects fatty acids in the body and prevents the oxidation of some hormones, such as those released from the pituitary and adrenal glands. This property plays a vital role in slowing down ageing and tissue degeneration. It also helps heart and muscle cell respiration by improving their functioning with less oxygen and so may help improve stamina and endurance and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Vitamin E reduces platelet aggregation and adhesiveness more so than aspirin, which further reduces risk of artherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin E has been shown to provide some protection against cognitive decline and the incidence and progression of degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's. The brain has a high oxygen consumption rate and abundant polyunsaturated fatty acids in the neuronal cell membranes. Vitamin E's role in preventing the oxidation of lipids and, therefore, protecting the integrity of cell membranes would explain this hypothesis.
In order to assist with healing and to minimise clotting, vitamin E is a useful nutrient before and after surgery. It significantly assists in the repair of skin lesions, ulcers, burns, abrasions and dry skin, and diminishes the scars caused from injury or surgery. Vitamin E prevents and repairs cell and tissue damage during radiation therapy. It also enhances immunity.
Recent research has shown that the megadoses of vitamin E that have become popular in the last two decades can actually be counter-productive. Such doses, equal or greater to 400IU a day, are related to higher mortality rates. Lumity contains just 9IU of vitamin E, which is wholly beneficial in supporting its antioxidant, immune-stimulating and skin-healing action in the body without any risk of toxicity.Buy Lumity