Vitamin E properties
Health for your heart
PROPERTIES OF VITAMIN E
CHARACTERISTICS OF VITAMIN E
What is vitamin E? Vitamin E is a set of different soluble components divided into two groups.
The group that most stands out is that of the tocopherols that has 4 members: alpha tocopherol, beta tocopherol, gamma tocopherol and delta tocopherol, the first being the best known and which seems to be more active.
Vitamin E is considered the heart vitamin, since it is necessary to have vitamin E needs covered for a healthy heart.
The reason lies in its ability to protect the membranes of cells which prevents free radicals from oxidising, which would lead to a degradation of the human body, especially in the aspects of heart disease or possible cancers.
Main curative properties of vitamin E
Properties of vitamin E:
- Circulatory system: It has been provent that the consumption of this vitamin helps improve the health of our circulatory system. The ability of this vitamin to prevent arteriosclerosis is due to its capacity of preventing cholesterol oxidation and its deposition in the walls of the arteries.
In this way it prevents the formation of thrombi that hinder the flow by narrowing the blood vessels.
We can say to some extent that this vitamin "cleans the arteries" and makes the chances of suffering a myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, or stroke are much lower. Studies of people taking 400 IU daily of vitamin showed they had less than 70% chance of suffering a heart attack than those not taking it.
- Cramps in the legs: This vitamin is suitable for those with poor circulation in the legs, on all those who suffer from cramps in the calves or leg muscles when walking or painful cramps in the calves at night.
To feel better recommended starting dose of 200 IU per day and be increased until the 400 or 500 IU.
- Loss of memory: Thanks to its antioxidants, taking supplement of vitamin E may help reduce the negative impact that free radicals have on neurons. By improving circulation and protection against strokes, it prevents brain abnormalities such as strokes or memory loss. The usual dose is usually 400 to 500 IU daily.
It prevents the hardening of the nasal capillaries and helps improve their elasticity, preventing nose bleeding. Moreover, like vitamin C, it has healing properties thereby facilitating the healing of wounds inside the nose. (400 IU daily of vitamin E distributed during the two meals)
- Antioxidant properties: It is an antioxidant component that helps to eliminate free radicals generated by the body itself, as well as those coming from outside, such as smoke, emissions, emissions of pollutants, etc. The ability of this element to eliminate the pollutants that enter the body has been proven.
The ability of this vitamin to protect cell membranes and prevent oxidation is the responsible for its preventive powers in many degenerative diseases that appear slowly as people get older.
Vitamin E appears to be one of the best antidotes to stay young for longer. It is interesting to take vitamin supplements from the age of 60 to prevent degenerative diseases and stay strong for longer.
Higher doses up to 2000 IU per day delay mental decline of Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. It also seems to have a positive role in the treatment of Parkinson's disease when combined with seligiline.
When do you specially need vitamin E?
Special needs of vitamin E
The situations in which one should possibly take supplements of vitamin E because there may be a deficiency of it would be the following:
Other properties of vitamin E:
- Diabetes: The same dose taken by diabetics can help to stabilize better your blood sugar levels in the blood.
- Diverticulitis or diverticulosis: It exerts a protective function of the intestine wall. The usual dose is around 100 IU per day during the first week to be increased in a dose of 100 IU more per week up to a maximum of 800 IU weekly.
- Discomfort and swelling in the breasts: Ingestion of 200 IU daily of vitamin E appears to improve symptoms of chest pain and bloating that women have during menstruation. Also high doses of this vitamin can help reduce the negative symptoms of menopause.
- Healing properties: Vitamin E, mixed with oil and applied externally on wounds, helps heal better. Vitamin supplements help to improve symptoms of psoriasis. Internally can be supplied with the same objective to treat diseases such as diverticulitis.
Daily requirement of vitamin E
The necessary dosis of this vitamin (RDA) is 15 mg (equivalent to 22.5 IU) daily. Nevertheless, these doses are very low for a therapeutic effect according to some experts, who recommend higher doses (between 400 and 800 IU daily). To reach these doses it nis necessary to use vitamin supplements.
The advantage of this vitamin is that it seems to have no toxicity, even at very high doses. It has proven that a dose of 400 to 800 IU per day can improve heart health. A study in Cambridge revealed as 77% of patients with heart problems improved significantly after being treated for almost 600 days with the natural amount of vitamin E mentioned above.
What foods contain vitamin E?
- Animal sources of vitamin E: The amounts of vitamin E in the sources of animal origin are so low that they do not have any use to achieve the needs of this vitamin.
- Vegetable sources of vitamin E: The plants that have this vitamin are vegetable fats: The wheat germ oil (22.1 mg per 100 g), sunflower seeds (14, 8 mg per ounce), hazelnuts (6.7 mg per ounce), sunflower oil (6.3 mg per ounce), toasted almonds (6.7 mg per ounce), soy lecithin (9.21 mg per 100 g) olive oil (1.67 mg per teaspoon). Other plant sources have lesser amounts, such as apples (1.6 mg / mz) or asparagus (0.4 mg per two stems).
The handle and avocado would also lower amount. Many other vegetables have vitamin E but in quantities too small to be worth naming.
- Supplements: Foods containing this vitaminin are fat foods. So, the only way to ingest large quantities of this vitamin, without vegetable fats, is through supplements.
- Alpha-tocopherol succinate: In the form of tablets or capsules in the vitamin E succinate is mixed with to keep from going rancid in contact with air.
- Alpha-tocopherol acetate: In the form of capsules or gel in which vitamin E is mixed with acetate to prevent it from going rancid in contact with air.
- Mixed tocopherols. In that combine all forms obtained through distillation of fatty fruits vegetables. Most suitable for the agency earlier forms.
- Natural Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) derived mainly from soy or safflower
- Synthetic vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol): Like the mentioned above, these are used when there are problems of heartburn.
How to take and preserve vitamin E
- Vitamin E is best absorbed if we consume fat.
- It is more appropriate to take vitamin E supplements during meals.
- The combination of vitamin E and selenium makes you get better result and for longer terms.
- Bottles of vitamin E supplements should be kept in a cool place and protected from light. If the temperature is so low that comes close to congelation, it gets damaged. Do not keep this vitamin in the freezer or refrigerator.
Toxicity of Vitamin E
Vitamin E has very little toxicity. However, there are a number of circumstances that require us to take precautions:
- Patients with bleeding problems cannot take supplements of this vitamin, such as hemophiliacs or those with bleeding peptic ulcers. We must be prudent in the administration of this vitamin in patients taking anticoagulant drugs like heparin and warfarin because it can thin your blood too much, what would make them bleed too easily.
- Also patients who will undergo an operation should abandon the ingestion of these supplements one month before surgery.
- Pregnant or nursing women should not exceed the RDA.
In general, one should consult with the doctor if sick or willling to take a high dose of this vitamin.
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