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