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October 29, 2007 at 4:35 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Vitamin E For More Beautiful Skin

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Your skin is your body's largest organ.In fact, it is vital to you as the organ that holds everything together.Your skin is also one of the first impressions that people have of you.As such, it is important for your skin to be healthy!

Enter antioxidants!

You've probably heard the term "antioxidant" before and have some idea that they're a good thing, but do you understand why? Antioxidants fight to protect cells from free radicals, which are unstable molecules known to cause problems-especially cancer.Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals and also prevent damage from them.Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.

Vitamin E Benefits for Skin

The skin is a reflection of what is going on inside the body, whether someone is dealing with acne or aging. Luckily, Vitamin E can help prevent corruption of body tissue. Here are just a few ways vitamin E can benefit us: 

  • Sun Damage: Vitamin E and Vitamin C used together help to diminish the sun's harmful effects on the skin.
  • Skin Cancer: Vitamin E and Vitamin A taken together actually help reduce the risk of basal cell carcinoma (a common skin cancer) by up to seventy percent.
  • Diabetes: Vitamin E has been proven to be helpful with diabetic microangiopathy, a condition caused by diabetes that damages the small blood vessels and capillaries.It especially affects the eyes and the feet, along with causing other damage.
  • Poor Circulation: Vitamin E helped improvemicrocirculation in patients.
  • Skin Conditions: Vitamin E also has healing benefits for the skin for those with eczema, shingles, skin ulcers and even cold sores.
  • Wrinkles: Vitamin E is known for helping to reduce wrinkles.
  • Dryness: It is also beneficial for the treatment of dry skin.
  • Scarring: Vitamin E is helpful for preventing scars from forming.

Getting Vitamin E

The RDA for Vitamin E is fifteen milligrams, but most people consume seven to nine milligrams.Since most of us do not consume enough Vitamin E on our own, we can improve our consumption with vitamins, pills, or even as topical creams, however, dietary sources are also useful! 

Vitamin E is found in the following oils:almond, corn, cottonseed, olive, palm, peanut, safflower, sunflower and wheat-germ.

It is also found in many foods, including: tomato juice, apples, mango, enriched pasta, almonds, hazelnuts, peanut butter, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, margarine, mayonnaise, avocados, asparagus, spinach, sweet potato, tomato and turnip greens.

Because it is fat soluble, however, it is important that we stay within the recommended daily allowances.More great ways to take Vitamin E is through fortified cereals and whole grain flours.Vitamin E has many benefits and it is important to have enough of it in our diet!

SOURCE

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=50505

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/

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