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Vitamin E (scientifically known as tocopherol) has gained an incredible reputation due to the fact that it is probably the element with the most extended anti-aging and antioxidant properties. The benefits of vitamin E range from its administration in cosmetic treatments to the use in severe cancer cases, which definitely gives us an insight into how complex the action of tocopherol really is. The first or immediate benefits of vitamin E consist in the influence it has on biological membranes of the most diverse of natures, in fact this oil-soluble substance ensures the stability of the membranes better than any other organic chemical compound.
Vitamin E acts as a cellular protector against oxidation and decay, thus, the cells do not get damaged because of the free radicals as these risky compounds are neutralized. Due to the antioxidant properties, the benefits of vitamin E are remarkable in the treatment of serious degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart failure, stoke arthritis and senility. At the level of the organs, vitamin E increases cellular respiration and protects the tissues from pollution; these benefits of vitamin E are significant particularly for the lungs, which are definitely the most exposed to environmental aggression.
Used in skin treatments, vitamin E increases the tissue elasticity, promotes healing and reduces the risk of scar formation. Studies have revealed that the benefits of vitamin E are clear in the treatment of eczema, shingles and skin ulcerations of various etiologies since it protects the tissues and stimulates new cell growth. A supplementation of vitamin E is usually required if you are taking birth control pills or some type of hormone replacement therapy, or in case your diet is rich in fatty food and refined carbohydrates. Studies have also shown there are incredible benefits of vitamin E when administered to women who suffer from pre-menstrual cramps or menopausal symptoms such as flashes.
Nevertheless, an alarm bell needs to be rung too, as many of the benefits of vitamin E could be lost if food is too processed. Hence, do not rely on the diet vitamin E intake if you freeze, fry and store food for too long a time. If combined with synthetic iron supplements, vitamin E will be most likely destroyed in the body metabolic processing; therefore, make sure to use only organic iron supplements such as ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate that do not alter the benefits of vitamin E.
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on Aug 26 2010. Filed under Vitamins.
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