What are the skin and health benefits of Vitamin E? Why take vitamin and mineral supplements? They can help prevent vit. and mineral deficiencies when the diet is not adequate to provide all necessary nutrients. They can also provide amounts of nutrients larger than the diet can provide. Larger amounts of some nutrients may help to protect against future disease.
Skin Benefits of Vitamin E:
1. Anti-Aging Benefits
2. Sun Protection and Sun Burn Treatment
3. Treatment of Scars
4. Skin Cancer
Vit. E added to lotions, creams, and other skin care products, as well as taken orally, plays a role in the anti-aging of skin. It helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, free radicals are believed to play an important role in skin aging and therefore the antioxidant activity is quite valuable for this skin problem.
E – is an antioxidant that protects cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body, such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL; “bad” cholesterol) cholesterol, from damage. Only when LDL is damaged does cholesterol appear to lead to heart disease, and E is an important antioxidant protector of LDL.1
Several studies, including two double-blind trials, have reported that 400 to 800 IU of natural vit. E per day reduces the risk of heart attacks. Other recent double-blind trials have found either limited benefit6 or no benefit at all from supplementation with synthetic vit. E. One of the negative trials used 400 IU of natural vit. E8 -a similar amount and form to previous successful trials. In attempting to make sense of these apparently inconsistent findings, the following is clear: less than 400 IU of synthetic vit. E, even when taken for years, does not protect against heart disease. Whether 400 to 800 IU of natural vit. E is, or is not, protective remains unclear.
E – also plays some role in the body’s ability to process glucose. Some, but not all, trials suggest that vit. E supplementation may eventually prove to be helpful in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. In the last ten years, the functions of E in the cell have been further clarified.
Skin Benefits of Vitamin E
Because of its antioxidant activity, E is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals. It is believed that vitamin e is most effective in its natural alcohol form rather than its acetate form where it is a less effective antioxidant.
In addition to its antioxidant functions, vitamin E is now known to act through other mechanisms, including direct effects on inflammation, blood cell regulation, connective tissue growth, and genetic control of cell division.
Last but not least some important facts:
– Recent nutrition surveys in the U.S. have found large numbers of people consume too little calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and, possibly, copper and manganese.
– Studies have found that elderly people living in their own homes, often have dietary deficiencies of vitamin A and E, calcium, and zinc, and occasionally of vitamin D, vitamin B1, and B2.
– Premenopausal women have been found often to consume low amounts of calcium, iron, vitamin A, and C.