The ability of plants to synthesize their own vitamin E is among the critical biochemical processes for the evolution of life on earth. The antioxidant properties of the entire spectrum of tocopherols and tocotrienols within seeds gives them the resiliency to exploit a wide variety of ecological niches throughout the world. Vitamin E within seeds protects their delicate DNA while preserving their carbon-based energy stores, often for many years, for germination when favourable conditions prevail.
The relevance for our health is that the entire eight members of this group of lipid-soluble vitamins are essential: our bodies can’t make them. The good news for our health is we can harvest their benefits. Vitamin E protects us from lipid peroxidation, the process where free radicals (atoms or molecules that lack an electron) steal electrons from cells; a destructive process which leaves us prone to disease, illness, and an appearance that may regrettably exceed our biological age. The antioxidant process is simple: Vitamin E donates an electron to a free radical, thereby neutralizing it. Consider it a peace offering with a predator.
Dietary sources of vitamin E include nuts, seeds, and whole-grain foods; however, supplementation with vitamin E has been researched for a broad clinical spectrum spanning cognitive impairment to cardiovascular decline. Cells throughout the body are under constant oxidative stress; this accounts for the fact virtually every tissue and organ system can benefit from naturally sourced vitamin E. It’s easily recognized, absorbed, and transported throughout the blood stream. The initial benefit of vitamin E supplementation is discovered “en passant,” as it has been shown to inhibit oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol) that cling to arterial walls. The resulting plaque formation causes hardening and narrowing of the arteries known as atherosclerosis. Similar plaque can also build up in the brain and contribute to cognitive decline. Current research also points to the antioxidant role vitamin E can play for slowing down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Kidney, liver, and epidermal health are among the many organ systems that also benefit from vitamin E consumption and supplementation.
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