Oxygen is one of nature’s most important components that support life. The same oxygen, when in the body, through certain molecules, becomes overly reactive and begins to cause damage through the formation of free radicals. This is called oxidative stress. Vitamin E, as an antioxidant, helps to prevent oxidative stress, which prevents cell damage and aging of the cells.
The body absorbs cholesterol, a fatty substance in food, and this is transferred from the liver to various tissues to be stored as fats. They are transported into the bloodstream by a molecule called Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL). When LDL is oxidized, they react with cholesterol and a waxy, fatty substance called plaque is deposited on the walls of the arteries, resulting in stopping blood flow, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin E helps prevent the conversion of cholesterol into plaque, and this is done by alpha tocopherol, not any other form of vitamin E, as the liver prefers to place it in the bloodstream via a protein called alpha tocopherol transfer protein mentioned.
The effect of vitamin E in preventing cancer has not been definitively established. According to a study by The American Association of Cancer Research, a reduced risk of cancer is associated with an intake of vitamin E-rich foods. In contrast, a study by Iowa Women’s Health Study finds little evidence that vitamin E has a protective effect against breast cancer in postmenopausal women. That’s why researchers have noted that not only vitamin E alone, but also foods rich in antioxidants can protect against cancer.
Numerous studies have shown the effect of vitamin E in protecting the skin from ultraviolet radiation, the harmful effects of which include photodermatitis, an allergic reaction to the sun’s UV rays. Vitamin E, whether taken through food or applied topically, has been shown to protect skin cell membranes.
In addition to these benefits, vitamin E can protect against Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts (cloudiness of the lens of the eye) and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Vitamin E can also be helpful in healing wounds and burns, reducing scarring. The ability to fight oxidative stress can be beneficial for athletes as their oxygen consumption is higher than those who do not exercise, resulting in increased generation of free radicals.
Without valid conclusions from studies, it would be premature to choose supplements without the advice of a doctor. However, it is generally recommended to have multiple servings of fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants.<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">