12 Essential Vitamins & Minerals: Vitamin E

12 Essential Vitamins & Minerals: Vitamin E

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We all need some Vitamin E, even me! In order to ensure a functioning immune system, it's vital for us to get our daily Vitamin E through food or supplements as it is a powerful antioxidant, that helps cells fight off infection.

Radical Benefits

As an antioxidant and fat-soluble nutrient, Vitamin E protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals.

Vitamin E could even help people with higher environmental or lifestyle risk factors and free radicals (the bad guys) such as:

  • cigarette smoking
  • exposure to air pollution
  • high exposure to ultraviolet rays from sunlight

Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitian and author of "The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals told Live Science, "It protects cells from damage, and it might aid in lowering [the risk of] a variety of health problems, from heart disease to cancer, and possibly even dementia."

Bye Bye Scars

"Vitamin E is the name given to [a] family of oil-soluble antioxidants," explains cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson in an Allure article. "There are about eight different types" or forms of vitamin E, and of those, "tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol are most commonly found in skin-care products." So, those free radicals we talked about are protected by vitamin E to prevent any skin damage. A perfect  home remedy for those pregnancy scars.

Menstruation Frustration

Believe it or not, Vitamin E can help your tummy and back cramps during that time of the month. By taking Vitamin E for 2 days before and for 3 days after bleeding begins seems to decrease pain severity and duration, and reduce menstrual blood loss (eMedicine Health). Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!

Sunflower seeds, spinach, and even mangoes are just some of the few foods that are filled with Vitamin E. You can find a list of foods high in Vitamin E on Healthline!