Vitamin E oil

We all know that vitamins and minerals are essential to our health, but very few of us know which vitamins are vital to which healthful processes. We may know that Vitamin D comes from the sun and is good for our mood for example, or that iron strengthens our blood, but at the same time, who can really say what all Vitamin B12 is for? Further, some vitamins are good for our digestive processes, while at least one vitamin is said by some to be good for us topically as well as orally, and that vitamin is Vitamin E.

Vitamin E is also known as tocopherols or tocotrienols, and it is a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants are a vital part of the body. They stop cell oxidization, which in turn prevents cells from being damaged. According to some scientists, it is unclear whether Vitamin E really plays a vital role in this process though, or whether Vitamin E plays no significant role at all. Vitamin E has recently been used in clinical trials for a number of reasons with inconclusive results. Clinical trials that studied Vitamin E for use in preventing cardiovascular events in middle aged and older men found that Vitamin E did not serve this purpose. Another clinical trial tested the efficacy of Vitamin E in preventing prostate cancer, but this clinical trial was discontinued after four years because it found no conclusive evidence.

One place that Vitamin E is commonly used for is to heal the skin. For that purpose, many people use Vitamin E oil. Interestingly, people continue to use Vitamin E oil for purposes of healing scars and other skin blemishes, even though no clinical trials have shown that this method is efficient. Nevertheless, a whole pleathora of Vitamin E oils, skin creams, and oral supplements can be found on the marketing touting their abilities to reduce or heal skin problems.

Vitamin E oil can be made up of extracts from the foods that provide Vitamin E. These foods include wholegrain foods and wheat germ, vegetables such as spinach, and asparagus, nuts such as hazelnuts and almonds, and dairy products such as milk and eggs. Unheated vegetable oils also contain high levels of Vitamin E.

Vitamin E oil is not solely used to make Vitamin E oil potions. It is also used to make up other beauty products, including skin creams, shampoos, lotions and bath scrubs. Purveyors of these products claim that Vitamin E protects the cells from damage and helps the body process other vitamins and minerals more efficiently.

Be warned that a study conducted in the United Kingdom found that women who are pregnant should avoid taking Vitamin E supplements. Whether this pertains to Vitamin E oil or not is a matter for debate, but it is likely better to be safe than sorry, especially during pregnancy, a time when the body is undergoing delicate changes. Just a sampling of what Vitamin E oil is said to be able to do includes revitalizing the hair and scalp, cleansing the hair, conditioning the hair, moisturizing the skin, repairing the skin, helping scars heal and fade, helping stretch marks heal and fade, and helping the body to relax and rid itself of the effects of a high stress life.

You can search online to find many recipes for shampoos, lotions and moisturizes (all using Vitamin E oil) that you can make for yourself in the privacy of your own home. Just keep in mind that no clinical trials have proven Vitamin E oil’s efficacy when it comes to healing the skin or providing some of the other benefits you may see touted on the packaging of many Vitamin E oil products.

Last updated on Sep 26th, 2010 and filed under Vitamins and Minerals. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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