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The Skin Health Benefits of Taking Vitamin E

Posted Mar 02 2011 3:29am
Vitamin E, like alpha-tocopherol type, can help avoid wrinkles. It acts as an antioxidant which fights toxic substances found in skin tissues. 

You can apply Vitamin E oil on your skin, take capsule supplements, or eat foods rich in Vitamin E to realize the potential health benefits of Vitamin E on your skin.

As you age wrinkles are unsightly and unavoidable. You can avoid wrinkles and enjoy younger-looking skin, with Vitamin E. Here is a short explanation on how Vitamin E helps prevent wrinkles:

Contains antioxidants

Preventing premature wrinkles is easy because of the antioxidant properties in alpha-tocopheryl Vitamin E. Antioxidants fight for your body and neutralize radicals in your body. These free radicals are unbalanced and unstable molecules which may lead to the breakdown of body tissues, including the collagen on the dermis of your skin. A small quantity of free radicals is not harmful, but as you age, these free radicals also grow in number. They enhance with prolonged exposure to sunlight as well. With vitamin E, these free radicals can be neutralized, thus protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful radiation and preventing the wrinkles that appear with age.

Take advantage of the Vitamin E benefits, with a choice of rubbing your skin with Vitamin E oil, swallowing a capsule, or eating foods loaded with Vitamin E.

Oil from Vitamin E

Vitamin E oil is prevalent in most of the pharmacies and is affordable. You can apply the oil directly to the wrinkled part of your face, particularly around your mouth and on the forehead. To facilitate absorption, apply Vitamin E oil to hands and feet and cover them with cotton gloves and socks. You can apply the oil once or twice a week before going to bed for the best results. The oil is quite thick and sticky, but you can reduce its thickness by warming it a bit. Argan oil is another suitable oil that is rich in Vitamin E that you can use as a substitute. Argan oil benefits are numerous and are not only limited to preventing wrinkles and keeping your skin protected from sun exposure. You can also combine the oil with other skin-rejuvenating oils, such as peppermint oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil to make a relaxing and wrinkle-reducing bath.

Vitamin E in capsule form

You may consume a vitamin E supplement in capsule form as well. For effectiveness this must be work with other nutrient and therefore be taken with meals. Iron prevents the absorption of Vitamin E, hence avoid iron when you have these supplements. So when taking tocopherol and/or tocotrienol vitamin E supplements, take them with a meal or with fatty acid capsules like fish oil (EPA-DHA). When selecting a vitamin E supplement, you choose one which contains other tocopherols and tocotrienols, not just alpha-tocopherol. Check with your physician to ascertain the correct dosage so that you do not develop any side effects from taking too much.

Foods rich in Vitamin E

Probably the best way to get Vitamin E is to consume foods rich in Vitamin E. Included in this category are dark and leafy veggies, broccoli, nuts, olives, legumes, whole grains, milk, eggs, and meat from organs. To stay healthy and beautiful through and through, enjoy these foods that are filled with nutrients (especially Vitamin E).

The routes of administration of Vitamin E are parenteral route, oral tablets or powders to be ingested mixed with juices, water or gels. Too much Vitamin E can cause internal damage so know the limit of how much you can ingest on a daily basis. When anticipating using Vitamin E pills, ensure that you check with a physician for the correct amount to take.

For more information on Vitamin E go to the Mayo Clinic Website and the WebMD Website.

Related Article: 4 Tips for Choosing an Organic Oil for Your Skin Type


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