Thursday, February 11, 2010

Vitamin E : How To Get The Benefits

Did you know that over 50 years ago it was shown that vitamin E could help prevent heart disease?

It also can help with fertility in both men and women. It helps to mitigate the downsides of estrogen. That means that it can also help to prevent cancer, as well as keep cholesterol levels normal.

It has been found that Vitamin E is also good for the treatment of blood clots, phlebitis, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.

Vitamin E will even increase the availability of oxygen to the embryo in pregnant women.

It helps to decrease inflammation. It helps to heal leaky capillaries.

Excess clotting is known to be caused by too much estrogen, and also by a vitamin E deficiency.

Evidence indicates that Vitamin E prevents and cures fibrotic diseases, and it's a natural COX inhibitor.

In case you were wondering, fibrotic diseases include :
Cirrhosis (liver)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (lungs)
CITA (Cronic Inflamation of Tunica Albugenia) *old peyronie's disorder
Endomyocardial fibrosis (heart)
Mediastinal fibrosis (soft tissue of the mediastinum)
Myelofibrosis (bone marrow)
Retroperitoneal fibrosis (soft tissue of the retroperitoneum)
Progressive massive fibrosis (lungs); a complication of coal workers' pneumoconiosis
Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (skin)
Crohn's Disease (intestine)
Keloid (skin)
Old myocardial infarction (heart)
Scleroderma/systemic sclerosis (skin, lungs)

Vitamin E even helps to get rid of excess intracellular calcium. Remember talking about that the other day? (See HERE if you don't.)

So, if that's all true, why don't doctors push for people to use Vitamin E anymore? They used to.

Well, one reason is that it was cutting into drug profits.

So, we began to hear stories about the bad things that could happen if you supplement with Vitamin E.

They said it could cause congenital heart defects, and hemorrhagic stroke.

Fairly quickly doctors started to ignore vitamin E, and now and then there would be an article published about the "toxicity" of vitamin E.

Wow! That doesn't sound good! So what is really true?

Well, if you do a little more research you find out that indeed there are negative health consequences for using vitamin E supplements that are made synthetically. In fact it turns out that studies that have been done on vitamin E within the last couple of decades, mostly use synthetic vitamin E. It isn't even the same chemical composition as natural vitamin E. Unfortunately, most vitamin E supplements are made that way.

The key to getting the health benefits of vitamin E is not to take vitamin E supplements. Simply eat good wholesome natural foods that are naturally high in vitamin E.

When you eat whole foods, you not only get the vitamin E in the correct form, you also get all the co-factors that make it do it's job best in your body.

When I looked up to see what foods were naturally high in vitamin E, I wasn't particularly surprised to see that it included most of the foods that I generally encourage people to eat.

Here is the list of foods high in vitamin E:
Raw milk
Whole grains (particularly wheat)

Vitamin E, when consumed in these forms, even helps to mitigate the damage caused by eating polyunsaturated oils.

Of course, I still suggest that you stop all consumption of corn, soy, cotton seed, and canola oils. Then the vitamin E you ingest won't have to be used to fight that junk, it can go toward making your body healthy.

If you would like to learn more about vitamin E, I suggest reading THIS.

To review the problems with polyunsaturated oils, go HERE.

To review the basics of health, go HERE.

For the overview of my health rules, go HERE.

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