Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How Does Vitamin E Benefits Skin and Health

Acne are definitely one of women greatest nightmare. But what's worse are the acne scars left behind due to improper treatment of acne and they generally take months to heal. 


Vitamin E Benefits

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin with antioxidant properties which is known for its scars prevention/fading ability. 

Apart from scar lightening effect, Vitamin E also has the following benefits: 
  • Protects skin from UV rays
  • Helps reduce risk of Alzheimer and prostate cancer
  • Protect cells from free radicals which contributes to development of cardiovascular disease and cancer
  • Builds immune 
  • Prevent or delay coronary heart disease
  • Reduce risks of cataracts and eye disorders
  • Reduce acne outbreaks

Recommended Daily Intake

There have been increased concerns on the effects of high intakes of Vitamin E, dominantly in patients taking blood thinning agent causing higher risk of bleeding.

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin E( Natural Sources ) for Adults- 15mg
Supplemental vitamin E - The National Academy of Sciences also establish a Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for vitamin E of 1,000mg (or 1,500 IU of vitamin E in the form of alpha-tocopherol).

Sources of Vitamin E 

Food that are high in Vitamin E 
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Soybean oil
  • Kiwifruit
  • Mango
Apart from natural sources, Vitamin E are also available in the form of supplements. It typically provide only alpha-tocopherol and are only 50% as active as the same amount (by weight in mg) of the natural form ("D" or "d").  Hence, people need  50% more IU of synthetic alpha tocopherol from dietary supplements and fortified foods to obtain the same amount of the nutrient as from the natural form.