Vitamin E: The Powerful Anti-Aging Vitamin
When you think of healthy skin, nails, and hair, does Vitamin E come to mind? Probably not, but this powerful antioxidant helps to promote all those things! Typically found in many different types of cosmetic products, it naturally works to protect the skin against free radicals that cause wrinkles, thicker skin, sun spots, and cancer. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin that essentially helps protect our largest organ – our skin – against the oxidative stress that is put on the body every day1. Vitamin E, when found in nature, is a total of eight different substances together that are called tocopherols. Large amounts of tocopherols are found in products like coconut, rice bran, and sunflower seeds. When consuming Vitamin E in these forms, it helps to aid against skin aging2. So how does Vitamin E work in the body? It’s actually the biggest antioxidant in your skin! When taking a Vitamin E supplement, the vitamin is consumed and collected in the base of the hair follicles on your body before it actually reaches the surface of your skin3. If you are more prone to oily skin, then you’re going to actually have increased levels of Vitamin E protecting your skin! Since the level of Vitamin E in your skin is decreased when exposed to UV light, it’s important to make sure that our consumption of this important vitamin is consistent. As we get older, the amount of Vitamin E in our skin decreases as well. Keeping our sources of dietary intake high with this particular vitamin will not only help protect our skin cells, but it will also help prevent diseases like heart disease and Alzheimer’s4. This is done in part by aiding in reducing inflammation as well as blocking free radicals. Vitamin E has been shown to be an excellent anti-inflammatory, especially after exposure from UV rays. This, in turn, leads to its amazing properties for protecting the skin and reducing the aging process! Vitamin E has also been noted to be a wonderful wound healing agent. Because of the many antioxidant properties of this vitamin, the oxidative stress that is present at the site of a wound is subdued and allows the injury to heal much quicker. NATURELO's organic vitamin E supplement is packed with mixed tocopherols — including alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopherol — plus tocotrienols, so you get the antioxidant benefits of all 8 isomers of vitamin E, not just one. It features plant-based sources of vitamin E, such as coconut, rice bran, and sunflower seeds, plus extracts of avocado, mango, kiwi, and blackberry.
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