VITAMIN ESSENTIALS - VITAMIN E

VITAMIN ESSENTIALS - VITAMIN E

WHAT IS VITAMIN E

Vitamin E is part of the 8 group of Vitamins that prevents stress to the body. Vitamin E is a fat soluble Vitamin unlike some other Vitamins.

FUNCTIONS OF VITAMIN E

  • Strong immunity
  • Healthy skin and eyes
  • Known for treating diabetes
  • Helps prevent cancer. Which is mainly lung and oral cancer in smokers; colorectal cancer, polyps, gastric, prostate, and pancreatic cancer
  • Is a major antioxidant
  • Many important functions are carried out by cells with the help of Vitamin E
  • Structural and functional upkeep of skeletal and cardiac system
  • Helps in the formation of red blood cells
  • Vitamin A and K, iron and selenium are stored in the body with the help of Vitamin E
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Impotency
  • Reduced blood circulation
  • Slows aging process

SOURCES OF VITAMIN E

Found most abundantly in wheat germ oil, sunflower, and safflower oils some other sources include:

  • Wheat germ oil
  • Canola/rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Almond oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Almonds
  • Wheat germ
  • Palm oil
  • Hazelnuts
  • Olive oil
  • Common purslane
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Fortified cereal
  • Fruit
  • Green leafy vegetables (such as spinach)
  • Meat
  • Nuts
  • Nut oils
  • Poultry
  • Vegetable oils (corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean, sunflower)
  • Argon Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Whole grains

Cooking and storage may destroy some of the Vitamin E in food.

 

DEFICIENCY OF VITAMIN E

Deficiency of Vitamin E can cause:

  • Digestive problems which leads to low absorption of nutrition from the digestive tract
  • Loss of hair or dry hair
  • Muscle weakness
  • Leg cramps
  • Tissue heals slowly
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Abnormal eye movements
  • Vision problems
  • Unsteady walking
  • Longtime deficiency can cause liver and kidney problems
  • Greasy stools
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Inability to secrete bile

EXCESS

Taking excess Vitamin E in the form of supplements can pose harm to the body therefore; only the required amount should be consumed.

CAUSES AND TREATMENT

Causes of Vitamin E deficiency are:

  • Fat mal absorption
  • Poor diet

Treatment for deficiency can be meted out by maintaining a Vitamin E rich diet which includes nuts, whole grains, green leafy vegetables etc. Supplements are also available for treatment.

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