Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, grouped with vitamin A, D and K. There are 8 forms of Vitamin E, this includes four Tocopherols and four Tocotreinols. For both of the 2 forms of Vitamin E there is an Alpha, A Beta, A Gamma and A Delta Form. The first scientists to discover Vitamin E were called Evans and Bishop. They founded this “lipid soluble factor” in 1922 during their research on reproduction in mice.
Vitamin E Deficiency is characterised by chronic Diarrhoea, Reduced Bile Production, Kidney Heart and Liver Dysfunction, Poor vision and even dementia. We require between 3 and 4mg a day dependent on gender. Vitamin E is naturally found in many foods such as Plant Oils (Corn, Canola, Soya and Olive), Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts), Seeds (Flaxseed, Linseed, Sunflower Seed) and Cereal Products.
Here are a few health benefits of Vitamin E :
- Vitamin E can also help to regulate cholesterol. What many don’t know is that cholesterol can actually be good for us in the correct form. However, if cholesterol oxidises it can become harmful and dangerous. Vitamin E and its antioxidant properties has been shown to prevent cholesterol oxidation.
- Vitamin E is vital for Skin Health, it has been known to combat the effects of skin damage caused by UV rays and smoking. It is also thought to help with skin elasticity and present premature ageing in the skin.
- In 1994, Vitamin E was explained as Nature’s master antioxidant. Vitamin E is a Potent Antioxidant. This means it is able to capture and destroy free radicals which are highly reactive and destructive particles. They attack Tissues and Cause Disease. The presence of Vitamin E prevents this and reduces oxidative stress.