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Holland & Barrett Vitamin E

By Therealsupermum @TheRealSupermum

We’ve all heard of Vitamin E: it occurs naturally in nuts and seeds as well as in cereals. Vitamin E is a group name for fat soluble compounds with a distinctive antioxidant activity which is why it is beneficial to the human body. There are very few signs of vitamin E deficiency but the main two are weak muscles and fertility problems.

Day 51: Vitamin E

Day 51: Vitamin E (Photo credit: theogeo)

The antioxidants that are contained within vitamin e are needed by our bodies to help protect our cells from the damage that can be caused by free radicals. A brief chemistry lesson here: free radicals are basically molecules that contain an unshared electron – this means that they are highly energetic and react rapidly with oxygen to form reactive oxygen species. These reactive oxygen species can lead to cell damage, free radicals have been thought to contribute to cardiovascular disease as well as cancer.

It is thought that antioxidants could protect the body’s cells from the damaging effects that free radicals and reactive oxygen species can have. Vitamin E as stated before is a fat soluble antioxidant which helps stop the production of reactive oxygen species forming when the fat goes under oxidation. It is very possible that vitamin E may actually help delay or even prevent many of the chronic diseases associated with free radicals.

While Vitamin E has so many good properties it is very easily destroyed by heat, oxygen, frost, iron and even chlorine so it is important to make sure there is a high level in the body. The body can store a certain amount of extra vitamin E, however if more than 400IU of vitamin E is consumed per day it can lead to an increased risk of heart failure and death in long term illness, as well as an increased risk of bleeding.

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