Appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin is a natural sign of aging. However, rising environmental pollution and toxins that enter our bodies through food could escalate the aging process. Toxins and pollutants trigger production of free radicals in the body.
Oxidation of free radicals accelerates aging. To delay the aging process and to reverse the damages caused by early aging, we need antioxidants. Several vitamins, trace minerals and plant compounds contain antioxidant properties. Vitamin E is one such powerful antioxidant that could keep an aging body healthy.
For healthy skin
Vitamin E is extremely beneficial for the skin. It protects the skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Vitamin E that enters the body through food travels to the skin cells, helping the skin cells to form a natural shield against the ultraviolet rays of the sun. To protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation, vitamin E could be topically applied to the skin. As an antioxidant, vitamin E inhibits oxidative stress, which is responsible for early skin aging.
Prevents age related memory loss
Oxidative stress causes cognitive decline. Age related memory loss could be prevented by adequate intake of vitamin E. Researchers believe that this antioxidant vitamin could prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Oxidative stress, by damaging the genetic material of the body cells, could increase the risk of cancer. Studies have shown that adequate intake of vitamin E could significantly reduce risks of certain cancers, including bladder and prostate cancers.
Vitamin E sources
Vitamin E is found in whole grains, vegetable oil, egg yolk, liver, avocado, olives, papaya, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, spinach, Swiss chard, almonds, sunflower seeds and blueberries.
Although, vitamin E is an important antioxidant, to reduce oxidation of free radicals effectively, we must consume other antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin B3, glutathione and selenium, along with vitamin E. To enable our body to absorb vitamin E, we must consume adequate amount of vitamin C.
8mg and 10mg vitamin E must be consumed every day by women and men respectively. Excess vitamin E intake causes digestion problems and nausea.