Everyone wants to have younger looking skin and healthy hair. Well, here’s my secret tip – Vitamin E!
Vitamin E is one of the most popular vitamins in America. And, with good reason. Vitamin E is an anti-aging anti-oxidant, and that means it helps keep your skin and hair healthy, longer.
Did you know that vitamin E is actually a recent discovery? It was first identified in 1922 when researchers realized that lab rats fed a limited diet became infertile. However, after they were fed wheat germ – high in vitamin E – the rats became fertile again.
When vitamin E was first isolated in the lab, scientists named it tocopherol after the Greek words tokos and pheros, which means “offspring” and “to bear.”
What a tribute to the now fertile rats …
Vitamin E is really healthy for your skin because it is an antioxidant that transports oxygen to the skin cells. This is the reason vitamin E is necessary for tissue repair and regeneration, and why it plays a critical role in wound healing, muscle condition, and skin regeneration.
Vitamin E not only keeps your pores clean of toxins and free-radicals at the cellular level, but it is necessary for tissue generation.
Vitamin E and the Sun
Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D3, and I advocate getting your daily dose of D from natural sunlight. But, many people avoid the sun because it can have harmful effects.
Vitamin E does not prevent sunburn, but it can help boost your skin’s natural resistance to ultraviolet rays.
The amount of sun exposure that does cause sunburn, however, depends on the amount of protective melanin you have in your skin.
I recommend protecting your skin with vitamin E if you are worried about sun damage. Studies show that vitamin E can help reduce sunburn by 10 to 20 percent. You can either supplement with a vitamin E gel tab four to five times a week, or use a skin lotion rich in vitamin E.
Or do both when you are out in the sunshine.
Vitamin E naturally stops a large amount of ultraviolet damage before it starts because it is a powerful antioxidant that works at the cellular level.
Block that Scar
Many physicians question vitamin E’s effectiveness as a wound-healer, but I agree with the studies that have found vitamin E does facilitate healing. After all, Vitamin E is necessary for tissue regeneration, so it makes sense that it helps heal wounds.
See for yourself the next time you cut yourself. Pierce a vitamin E gel tab, and softly rub the gel over your cut. Notice how fast it heals, that there is less redness, and that the scarring isn’t as thick and swollen.
Vitamin E is packed with many healthy benefits. Consider these E-Perks:
- prevents free-radical damage to cells and tissues;
- protects lung tissues from inhaled pollutants;
- assists the immune system;
- aides the endocrine system;
- supports the sex glands;
- improves circulation;
- promotes blood clotting;
- accelerates wound healing.
Here are some food sources for Vitamin E:
- dark, green leafy vegetables
- organ meats
- soy (buy non-gmo)
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.