6 Benefits of Vitamin E You Didn't Know About
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and a vital nutrient your body needs to function at its best. Best known for its skin health benefits, it's a popular ingredient in skin care products, such as moisturizers, masks, and eye creams. But there are many other reasons to get enough vitamin E. Here are 6 benefits of vitamin E.
1. Heart health: As an antioxidant, Vitamin E has protective benefits for heart health1. Vitamin E helps maintain a normal inflammation response2 and plays a vital role in protecting against the oxidation of fats (lipid peroxidation). It also supports healthy endothelial function3.
2. Memory: Studies show that vitamin E may have benefits for memory and cognitive performance. The brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress, and vitamin E’s antioxidant properties may exert a protective effect. Oxidative stress increases with age and results in memory loss and other neuro-degenerative conditions.
Studies show that low vitamin E levels are linked with poor memory, while optimal vitamin E levels are linked with healthy brain function in the elderly4. Research shows that those who get less than 50% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E perform cognitively worse than those with higher intake5.
3. Liver health: Optimal levels of vitamin E may offer protective effects to the liver. Studies show that vitamin E helps improve symptoms of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease6.
4. Hair growth: A 2010 study demonstrated that supplementation with vitamin E (as tocotrienols) increased hair growth in volunteers suffering from hair loss7. Researchers suggest that vitamin E’s antioxidant effects helps reduce fat oxidation and stress in the scalp, resulting in better hair growth.
5. Skin: Vitamin E is a helpful tool against sun damage and other forms of oxidative stress resulting in signs of premature aging. Vitamin E helps restore the skin’s natural oil balance and keeps it nourished to reduce dryness and damage.
6. Eye Health: Vitamin E helps reduce oxidative stress that can cause damage to the delicate cells in the eye. Research shows that optimal levels of vitamin E can improve retinal blood flow,8 which may help with occasional dry eye discomfort.
Naturally occurring vitamin E exists in eight chemical forms. NATURELO’s Vitamin E supplement comes from organic whole foods and provides vitamin E in its natural, whole form. Humans absorb the natural form of vitamin E better than the synthetic form. The natural form of mixed tocopherols - includes alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopherol — plus tocotrienols, so you get the antioxidant benefits of all 8 isomers of vitamin E, not just one.
1. Vitamin E in the prevention of cardiovascular disease: the importance of proper patient selection, 2013 Sep; 54(9): 2307–2314
2. alpha-Tocopherol protects against expression of adhesion molecules on neutrophils and endothelial cells, 1998;7(1-2):15-9
3. Effect of vitamin E on prostacyclin (PGI2) and prostaglandin (PG) E2 production by human aorta endothelial cells: mechanism of action, 2004 Dec;1031:425-7
4. Antioxidant defense in centenarians (a preliminary study), 2000;47(2):281-92
5. Cognitive function in elderly people is influenced by vitamin E status, 2002 Jul;132(7):2065-8
6. Vitamin E and Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, 2016 Aug 15
7. Effects of Tocotrienol Supplementation on Hair Growth in Human Volunteers, 2010 Dec; 21(2): 91–99
8. High-dose vitamin E supplementation normalizes retinal blood flow and creatinine clearance in patients with type 1 diabetes, 1999 Aug; 22(8): 1245-1251