The antioxidant properties of vitamin E help it to play an important role in protecting the skin from the damaging effects of the sun, air pollution, as well as other things that produce free radicals that damage skin cells. Vitamin E also has the job of regulating Vitamin A in the body, a vitamin that is important to healthy skin itself. Here we take a look at the health benefits of vitamin E.
Vitamin E for Skin Care
In skin care, using vitamin E in creams and lotions has more benefits than taking the vitamin orally because the skin can easily absorb the vitamin. Some of these topical benefits are:
• Reduce the look of stretch marks
• Will help ward off the appearance of age spots
• Maintains a healthy balance of skin oil
Vitamin E lotions can also give some benefits both to preventing as well as to treating sunburns. They work by protecting the epidermis layer of the skin (the outermost layer) from the UV (ultra violet) radiation in sunlight. When used with a sunscreen, a vitamin E lotion will also boost the effectiveness of the screen. One word of caution though is that these lotions will not work instantly. Up to 30 minutes is required for the vitamin E to be fully absorbed into the epidermis.
Other Benefits of Vitamin E
In addition to skin care, vitamin E has other, very important, health benefits. While research continues, early indications are that vitamin E may well be useful in treating several conditions including:
• Prostate and Breast cancer
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Several complications related to Diabetes
As noted above, vitamin E also plays an important role in regulating the amounts of vitamin A in the body and may help boost the immune system in older individuals. When used topically, there are indicators that vitamin E lotions and creams promote circulation and minimizes blood clots.
It is important to realize that many of these claimed benefits of vitamin E have not yet been fully researched and many questions remain. Future research will specifically target how large a role, if any, vitamin E plays in preventing or alleviating many of the conditions mentioned here.
Good food sources of vitamin E:
• Fortified Cereals
• Sunflower Seeds
• Vegetable Oils
• Peanut Butter