Vitamin E

Vitamin E belongs to a group called tocopherols, with the most potent being the Alpha form. If taking in supplement form, look for d-alpha rather than dl-alpha as synthetic vitamin E (dl-alpha) has been found to be both ineffective and potentially harmful.

Functions of Vitamin E

Has an important role in cellular respiration of muscles, especially the cardiac muscle.

Found in unrefined vegetable oils, seeds, nuts, beans, whole grains and fatty fish. Works well with Vitamin C and selenium.

  • Prevents peroxide formation by being an anti-oxidant
  • Protects all the other fat-soluble vitamins against oxidation
  • Reduces scar tissue formation both internally and externally, this is why a lot of creams and ointments contain vitamin E
  • Increase formation of new blood vessels around damaged areas
  • Protects and ensures permeability of the capillary system

Deficiency Symptoms of vitamin E

  • First clinical sign of deficiency is the rupturing of the red blood cells
  • Swelling of the cardiac muscle which can become necrotic
  • Retarded growth in children
  • Faulty absorption of fat and fat-soluble vitamins
  • Lack of sex drive
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