Top Benefits of Vitamin E
What Is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble antioxidant compound that aids the body in neutralising the harmful after-effects of oxidation of fats. In other words, it is considered a powerful antioxidant and is a very important element in the overall maintenance of a healthy immune system. When talking about skin and beauty we cannot overlook the benefits of vitamin e that can contribute to glowing, lovely skin.
Vitamin E works inside & out
Since we are holistically connected through spirit, mind and body, it is a prerequisite to give proper attention to what we consume internally. If we don’t get enough of vitamin E, we are more prone to infections, and weaknesses. Fortunately, vitamin E is found in many foods and one is unlikely to become deficient unless their nutrient absorption is compromised.
Foods High in Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a common nutrient in most foods including oils, nuts and seeds. It is found mainly in foods that contain fat. The table below shows some Vitamin E rich foods:
- Oils: Wheat Germ Oil, Palm Oil or Olive oil
- Nuts & Seeds: Almonds, Hazel nut, Pine Nuts or Peanuts or Sunflower seed
- Dark Greens: Spinach and Kale
- Butternut and Squash
- Sweet Potato
Why it works?
Since vitamin E is fat soluble it is stored in your liver and is available for many days for use. People who lack Vitamin E are are most likely facing health problems that make fat absorption difficult. Everyone should try to eat plenty of whole foods rich in Vitamin E to maintain optimal health.
Some purported benefits of vitamin E oil include:
Moisturising the skin
Vitamin E oil’s potential benefits derive from two key features: its antioxidant properties, which can fight inflammation. The slow the effects of free radicals, and its moisturising properties. Vitamin E is used in many moisturisers especially to prevent or treat dry, flaking skin.
Some research suggests that vitamin E supplements may promote wound healing. It is possible that topical vitamin E oil might offer similar benefits.
Reducing itching of Skin
As it moisturises the skin it may offer temporary relief from itching caused by dry skin.
Eczema & Psoriasis alleviation
Vitamin E alleviates the dryness, itching, and flaking associated with eczema, or atopic dermatitis. The topical vitamin E to a reduction in psoriasis symptoms.
As it moisturises and soothes dry, flaky skin. Vitamin E may help to relieve the burning and itching caused by sunburn. However, wearing sunscreen and avoiding direct sun exposure is still essential.
Preventing or minimising the appearance of scars
Well-moisturised skin is less likely to scar.
Preventing or treating fine lines , wrinkles and stretch marks
Dry skin tends to look more wrinkled. The moisturising benefits of vitamin E may help the skin look more youthful.
Vitamin E has great benefits for hair and nail care too.
It won’t let you down!
Dr Joseph Cosmos Onyisi Okonji is a nutritionist and alternative medicine practitioner based in Johannesburg, South Africa.