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Why Do We Need Vitamin E?

Vitamin E plays a crucial role in a function called anti-oxidant activity

Dr. Jim, here with you talking about vitamin E. Like all vitamins, vitamin E is really important to health and well-being.

Vitamin E plays a crucial role in a function called anti-oxidant activity. Anti-oxidant activity is all about cleansing cells of debris and other “waste” substances that attach to cells during day in and day out metabolic processes.

For cells to be efficient and function properly, they must be cleansed. Just like everything, cleansing improves function and as a potent anti-oxidant, vitamin E is critical for cleansing our cells from accumulated debris, substances also known “free-radicals.”

Persons with vitamin E deficiency are much more likely to develop heart disease and cancer due to the lack of anti-oxidant activity. Persons with vitamin E deficiency are more likely to develop infections across a broad range due to impaired cellular cleansing (anti-oxidation) so important for the maintenance of a high performance immune system.

Sunflower oil, canola oil and soybean oil are great sources for vitamin E. Almonds and avocados are a great source as well, so are supplements. Supplements generally contain 400 international units to 600 international units per serving, but remember vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, so there is an upper tolerable limit for vitamin E consumption. In the instance of vitamin E, it’s 1000 international units daily.

Persons taking blood thinners must be particularly aware of vitamin E. Vitamin E increases blood thinning effect to create a possible situation of uncontrollable bleeding, which might even result death, so it’s important to get enough vitamin E, but not amounts in excess of the daily recommended doses.

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Reference: Linus Pauling Micronutrient Institute at Oregon State University. Available at: https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-E