Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin cells from damage. It is an essential nutrient that is present naturally in several food items, fruits and edibles. Sometimes, it's also found in processed foods. However, to take in a certain amount on a daily basis, people take this nutrient as a dietary supplement in the form of capsules or tablets.
The “Vitamin E” is known to have eight different compounds in it; where alpha-tocopherol is probably the most active compound once it enters the human body. Also, since Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, our bodies store and use it when required.
Now several studies and researches over the years have claimed the fact that Vitamin E is the antioxidant that can help reduce damage caused by the free radicals (the molecules that weaken and break down healthy cells), thereby, it may slow the aging process of our cells.
Vit E Vs. Diseases
Researchers have also investigated and found out that regular consumption of vitamin E (raw or supplements) can also help with the treatment for a variety of degenerative conditions. It includes, but is not limited to the following:
- skin diseases
- hardening of the arteries
- high blood pressure
- Cardiovascular conditions
The cumulative result of almost all the studies and researches done by butE so far was that Vitamin E helps boost the immune system and can support better functionality of the system along with added benefits for hair, skin and nails.
Recently, due to global pandemic Coronavirus or COVID - 19, millions of people have lost their lives or their loved ones. Once again, so many studies and surveys have found out the efficiency of Vitamin E and other vitamin and mineral supplements in boosting body immunity.
These supplements might not combat the deadly virus, but regular consumption of certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients along with a healthy lifestyle and safety measures can help you avoid the virus and prepare your body to fight it when it's mild.
People till recently thought that Vit E is just another antioxidant that will keep them glowing; however, this vitamin is also a key factor that helps with the metabolic processes, almost acting like a catalyst in helping boost the immune system while also protecting cells from damage. It eventually makes our bodies strong from within and keeps us ready and active to fight them in early stages, or avoid them altogether.
How Does Our Immunity Get Compromised?
Let's discuss what are actually these factors that compromise our immunity and take a toll on our strength to fight out illness:
We get exposed to free radicals every single day as we step out in our environment. It is due to the presence of smog, cigarette smoke, air pollution, dirt in the environment, and harmful UV rays from the Sun. These free radicals are harsh on our skin and are responsible for weakening and breaking down healthy skin cells, hair or even take a toll on our immunity.
This is where we need powerful antioxidants like vitamin E to help protect our cells from the damage caused by them. These vitamin supplements do it by protecting our cells, making them strong and slowing down the cells’ aging process.
Antioxidants such as Vitamin E not just provide strength to our cells but they have certain properties that can also help fight off bacteria and viruses (including Coronavirus), thereby, boost the functioning of our immune system.
Last but not the least, vitamin E also widens the blood vessels of our body keeping blood from clotting. This is how it helps with cardiovascular conditions (as we mentioned above in the blog). Moreover, when our body cells get vitamin E, they utilise the antioxidant to interact with each other and for carrying out other critical functions needed by the body to stay alert, strong and glowing.
Natural Sources of Vit E
Vitamin E can be naturally found in several food groups and sometimes in processed foods as well. Since it's fat-soluble, its nutrients generally get accumulated and stored in our body tissues.
Although it's recommended to have a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals on a daily basis to stay healthy and strong, if you do not want to take a supplement, you can get vitamin E by consuming following food items:
- Vegetable oils such as wheat germ oil, sunflower or safflower oils, corn, and soybean oils etc.
- All types of nuts. Especially peanuts, hazelnuts, and almonds which are the rich source of vit E
- Consumption of a variety of seeds such as sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds
- Green leafy vegetables are also a great source. Especially spinach and broccoli etc.
However, aside from eating vitamin rich foods that have vit E as their primary content, people today should also consume a daily recommended amount of vit E in the form of capsules as well.
Keeping the artificial colors, usage of pesticides and other harmful chemicals even on food items and vegetables in mind, taking vitamin supplements makes more sense. Howbeit, also note that the vitamin supplements alone can't do the magic. Your first line of defense against diseases and for boosting immunity should be committing to a healthy lifestyle, and working out daily. It will help keep your immune system strong and healthy naturally.
You can include the listed healthy-living practices such as these in your daily routine:
- Don't smoke or quit smoking
- Take a diet that's high in fruits and vegetables; especially green leafy vegetables.
- Make your body well-equipped with the right nutrients and vitamins. Take nuts, seeds and supplements to ensure a stronger immune system.
- Workout regularly. If you're too old to exercise, take a walk to your grocery store and back, or swim, or do easy exercises without using weights.
- Maintain a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index)
- Get adequate sleep - It should be anywhere around 7-8 hours.
- Practice all safety and cleanliness measures, such as washing your hands frequently and practice social distancing.
In a nutshell, just follow a healthy lifestyle and fulfill your daily dose of vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements. These supplements contain much-needed antioxidants that help slow down the aging process of cells and make the immune system strong enough to fight infections.
Vitamin E is world popular for its contribution to better skin, hair and nails. However, certain recent studies have found that vitamin E also contains certain properties that might be helpful in boosting immunity, and avoiding COVID-19 virus.High-quality Vitamin E supplements are available in all leading drugstores and even online worldwide. Ensure that they are certified, in form of capsules and are high-quality (free from GMO ingredients). Also, don't forget to consult your doctor before taking any medications or supplements.