Vitamin E is one of the essential building blocks of vibrant, optimal health. And like most nutrients, the best source is derived from your diet.
E Is For Eating
Vegetables, fish, and plant oils are rich natural sources of vitamin E. Among foods with the highest vitamin E content are green leafy vegetables like Swiss chard, kale, collard, beet, turnip and mustard greens, and broccoli. For dietary variety, include seeds, fatty fish, avocados, sardines, cod, and salmon.
Pumpkin and sunflower seed snacks, pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, tomatoes, butternut squash, and mangoes are also good sources. So are dried basil, oregano, and paprika. Even carrots, cranberries, and leeks can add to your vitamin E intake.
E Is For Eight
Thats right, there are 8 nutrients called vitamin E. Four tocopherols are found in nuts, fish, and leafy green vegetables. Four tocotrienols are found in rice bran oil, and palm oil. They are both naturally occurring, fat-soluble, antioxidant compounds - think vegetable and plant oils like wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, and almond oil.
Fat solubility means they protect the outer lining of fat around each cell in our bodies. Fat as an essential protective covering? I know what youre thinking, but your muffin-top isnt the fat were talking about here.
Vitamin E also keeps bad cholesterol [LDL] in check, preventing it from spiraling out of control and causing free radical damage to our cells. Excessive oxidation of LDL can clog your arteries and harden them. Vitamin E is a kind of gatekeeper which can prevent this from happening, sparing you the heartbreak of heart disease.
E Is For Essential
A vitamin E deficiency can cover a spectrum of health problems, from slightly less worrying cold sores to more insidious maladies like cancer, stroke, and heart attack. From PMS to anemia, neurological problems, diabetes, Alzheimers, and Parkinsons.
E Is For Energy
Whether youre a serious athlete or even a weekend jock, if you adopt a diet regimen thats rich in vitamin E, youll feel the benefits in your muscles and joints. You can increase your endurance by increasing your vitamin E consumption.