Friday, May 13, 2011

Vitamin E

We have all learned that vitamins are an essential part of life.  They are micronutrients because our bodies require them in small amounts compared to things like carbohydrates, proteins, fats and water.  Vitamins are a significant part of our good health because they regulate metabolism and are part of how our processes our food to release the energy within it.  Vitamins are either soluble in water or fat.  Water-soluble vitamins must be brought into the body daily because they are not stored in the body but pass through the body within hours.  Fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in the body, usually in the body's fatty tissues.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is actually a family of eight antioxidant compounds.  Vitamin E prevents cell damage, protects other fat soluble vitamins, and protects low-density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol) from oxidation.  This vitamin is essential for normal calcium metabolism.  Vitamin E has is also known to inhibit blood clotting and has other functions related to the activity of the immune system.  The most common form of Vitamin E supplement is the gamma-tocopherol form.  However, this form is not taken up by the body in any quantity because the liver selectively incorporates alpha-tocopherol into the blood.  Still the gamma form may have some unique benefits in suppressing colon cancer.  Vitamin E deficiency may result in damage to red blood cells and to nerves.  Signs of deficiency include infertility in men and women, menstrual problems, neuromuscular impairment, shortened red blood cell lifespan, miscarriage and uterine degeneration.  People with impaired balance and coordination and/or damage to the retina may also be deficient.  People with severe malnutrition, fat malabsorption problems, may have Vitamin E deficiencies as well.  Use caution when taking an anticoagulant medication, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatic heart disease or an overactive thyroid when taking supplemental Vitamin E.

Supplementation is important today because while we were created to get all the nutrients we need for healthy lives through our food, our commercialized food supply today does not provide the same volume of important nutrients that it once did.  Due to poor commercial farming practices, depleted soils and premature harvesting, our produce is not as nutritious as Grandma's produce was.  It is important that we supplement our diets with food based supplements because our bodies don't appreciate synthetic copy-cats.


Vita-E Complex plus Selenium® contains a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant, vitamin E which supports heart, brain, and prostate health and promotes lung, colon, and immune function. 

Vita-E® contains naturally occurring vitamin E from vegetable oil, which is more easily absorbed and retained by the body than synthetic forms.


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