Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that stops the production of reactive oxygen species formed when fat undergoes oxidation. Vitamin E is found naturally in some foods and available as a dietary supplement. It’s the most important member of the group of nutrients (vitamin C, glutathione, selenium and vitamin B3) that work together to prevent oxidative stress to the body; also known as aging.
Considered to be as a wonder drug, when it’s applied topically to the skin it has been shown to prevent UV damage and a diet high in vitamin E-rich foods travels to cell membranes internally to exert this same protective effect. It helps in treating circulatory problems such as heart disease, varicose veins and high blood pressure, reduces and stabilizes cholesterol levels; may be useful in treating or possibly preventing menstrual pain, low sperm count, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, prostate and breast cancer.
Food Sources: Spinach, turnip greens, and chard, mustard greens, cayenne pepper, sunflower seeds, almonds, bell peppers, and asparagus, collard greens, kale, tomatoes, cranberries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, papaya, raspberries, and carrots.
Vitamin E can be taken in capsule form and or a powdered supplement such as Tocos Plus. Tocos is my personal favorites; there are over 100 known antioxidants in rice bran; along with alpha lipoic acid, naturally occurring selenium, flavonoids, CoQ10, glutathione peroxidase, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that help protect the body from the formation of free radicals and degenerative diseases, contains Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta Tocotrienol and is one of the most potent sources of vitamin E. I use this stuff daily in shakes, smoothies and homemade puddings. Nutritional Facts: Serving Size 3TBSP, Calories 82, Total Fat 4.5g, Sodium 2.7mg, Total Carbohydrate 9.2g, Dietary Fiber 9.2g, Sugars 5g, Vitamin E 5%, Vitamin B1 40%, Vitamin B2 Trace, Vitamin B3 65%, Vitamin B6 50%, Magnesium 7.3%, Iron 7.6%
Applied topically: You can use Vitamin E capsules for topical applications by piercing a capsule with a pin and squeezing out the desired amount of oil, it is also found in many coco butter creams and moisturizers. I make my own mixture of olive oil, a few capsules mixed with a few drops of essential oil of choice into a squeeze bottle for a beautiful daily moisturizer. Capsules can be used topically as a night cream (warm a few capsules and apply sparingly once in a week), apply on age spots, use pure form to treat burn wounds (wait until the area is cooled), apply it on stretch marks (twice daily) and it can also be applied as hair oil for shiny healthy hair (use sparingly on ends).