Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, because it dissolves and remains in the fatty tissues of the body, thereby reducing the need for the consumption of large amounts of the vitamin. Signs of deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins do not appear immediately, so it is difficult to diagnose its deficiency. So you should not be carried away fat-soluble vitamins, because toxic reactions can be provoked by smaller doses of RDA (recommended dose of vitamins) of fat-soluble vitamins than water-soluble ones.
Vitamin E is present in many kinds of food; especially fats and oils are rich in this vitamin. Vitamin E prevents the formation of blood clots and contributes to their resorption. It also promotes fertility, reduces and prevents hot flashes in menopause.
Vitamin E is also used in cosmetology to keep the skin young. It helps skin healing and reduces the risk of scar tissue formation. In addition, tocopherol helps in the treatment of eczema, skin ulcers, and herpes or zoster. Vitamin E is very important for red blood cells, because it improves cell respiration and enhances endurance.
Tocopherol is the main antioxidant vitamin. Besides vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene are the most well-known antioxidants. Any antioxidants help to prevent the conversion of nitrates in tobacco smoke, bacon, oils and some vegetables into carcinogenic substances.
Antioxidants help your body to deal with unstable chemicals, which are called as “free radicals”. Free radical is the byproduct of the process conversion of food into energy. Free radicals have the property to be accumulated in the body. They increase the vulnerability of cells due to the aging process and the general decline of the central nervous system and immune system. Also, free radicals contribute to the development of various pathological conditions, such as cancer, heart diseases, arthritis, and so on.
The value of vitamin E (tocopherol):
• It is the main antioxidant nutrient
• It slows down the aging process of cells
• Helps enrich the blood with oxygen
• Improves cell nutrition
• It strengthens the walls of blood-vessels
• Protects red blood cells from the harmful toxins
• Prevents blood clots and promotes their resolutions
• Strengthens the heart muscle
Sources of vitamin E (tocopherol):
Nuts, butter, spinach, sunflower-seed oil and seeds, whole grain, eggs, wheat sprouts, milk, olive oil.