In today’s article, we will discuss the essential vitamin for your heart. It is vitamin E.
Vitamin E serves as an antioxidant. It exists naturally in some foods and is sometimes added to other foods.
Vitamin E exists in at least eight forms. Out of these 8, the best is alpha-tocopherol. This is because Alpha-tocopherol meets all the dietary requirements of humans.
Vitamin E is fat-soluble. It is stored in the fatty tissue and liver and released for use when it is needed.
It is important to note that the most critical part of the vitamin E complex involves tocotrienols.
Tocotrienols are best for the heart — better than tocopherols because it works faster and it’s more profound. Its antioxidant properties are also more potent.
So, how does vitamin E benefit the heart?
Do you recall seeing rust on your car or your bike? Well, a similar oxidation process and rapid aging occur in your heart and other parts of your body when your cells are exposed to free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules that weaken healthy cells in your body and break them down. Free radicals may contribute to chronic heart conditions like heart disease. It also plays a role in cancer. You experience oxidative stress when there is an imbalance between the defense system (antioxidants) and reactive oxygen species (free radicals).
Antioxidants work to neutralize these free radicals, thus protecting your heart against the harmful effects of oxidative stress. Vitamin E has very potent antioxidant properties. In addition, researchers are looking at the anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin E and how it may contribute to easing certain chronic conditions when used as a supplement.
Some studies suggest that this nutrient (vitamin E) can delay or prevent the onset of coronary heart disease (CHD).
In vitro studies show that vitamin E stalls the formation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and thus helps prevent blood clots. Also, several observational studies associate high vitamin E intakes with low rates of heart disease.
Vitamin is present in foods such as:
To reduce your risk of heart disease, you have to supplement your dietary vitamin E intake. You may want to take extra vitamin E if you have any of the problems listed below:
Well, the recommended daily allowance is age-dependent.
Vitamin E is a vital antioxidant nutrient that boosts the immune system and cardiovascular health (heart and blood vessels). It also plays a crucial role in cell signaling and gene expression.
Most people get adequate vitamin E from their diet. Examples of foods that are rich in vitamin E include vegetable oils, seeds, and nuts.
It is important to note that one can experience a deficiency of this nutrient due to health issues that may hinder the efficient absorption of the nutrient.
Studies have confirmed that vitamin E is beneficial for people with heart disease. However, if you’re taking medication, you must consult your healthcare provider before taking vitamin E supplements.
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