By definition, vitamin E is a group of eight fat-soluble compounds, including four tocotrienols and four tocopherols. Its main role in our body is to prevent tissue damage.
With that being said, vitamin E does a lot more than just preventing tissue damage. It also increases cell life, repairs damaged cells, and keeps your skin healthy.
1. Protects Our Bodies from Free Radicals
If you didn’t know already, free radicals are reactive molecules that damage our bodies in several ways.
Free radicals weaken, breakdown, and reduce the lives of healthy cells in a similar fashion as rust does vehicles. In the long term, they can even lead to cancer and heart disease.
Vitamin E, being an antioxidant, protects our healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals. According to the Natural Institute of Health, it slows down the aging process of your cells.
2. Reduces Symptoms of Degenerative Diseases
According to multiple recent studies, vitamin E can reduce the symptoms of several degenerative diseases, including:
- High blood pressure
- Hardening of the arteries
However, more in-depth studies are required because the current scientific research is not enough to confirm the extent of effects of vitamin E with the diseases mentioned above.
3. Reduces Symptoms of Melasma and Hyperpigmentation
Melasma is a skin condition that creates dark patches on your skin, which are typically created because of hyperpigmentation triggered by hormones.
According to recent research, melasma can be treated with help from topical use of vitamin E.
Furthermore, several recent studies suggest that the most effective way to use vitamin E for treating hyperpigmentation is to pair it with vitamin C.
4. Prevents Aging and Wrinkles On Your Face
As we mentioned earlier, vitamin E is an antioxidant and therefore improves blood circulation. That is why people who apply vitamin E topicals notice improvements in the firmness and structure of their skin.
According to this 2013 review, vitamin E and other natural ingredients rich in antioxidants prevent wrinkles and delay photoaging.
5. May Reduce Acne Scarring
Many people swear that vitamin E reduced their acne scars. However, recent studies suggest that vitamin E is not as effective at reducing acne scar as most people think.
Health Issues Associated With Vitamin E Deficiency
People deficient in vitamin E are much more likely to face the following health issues:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Short bowel syndrome
- Primary biliary cirrhosis
To prevent these health issues, we recommend adding a vitamin E supplement to your diet.
Daily Recommended Intake
For ages 4 and up, the daily recommended intake of vitamin E is 15 milligrams.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), overdosing on vitamin E is just as bad, if not worse, than consuming it in severely low amounts.
Overdosing can lead to serious side effects, including an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke. So never consume more than 1,000 International Units (IUs) per day — the maximum daily allowance.
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