Tocopherol, which we commonly refer to as vitamin E, is a fat-soluble vitamin which is found in eight different forms. Vitamin E is often found to be used in skin creams and skin lotions, since many doctors and health care professionals believe that there is a direct positive relationship between vitamin E and various skin related problems. There are also doctors and health care professionals who believe that there is a direct correlation between vitamin E and the healing of skin which has experienced some form of injury.
There are also those doctors and health care professionals who feel that vitamin E has a positive influence on the health of a mother and her unborn child during the time of pregnancy.
Some studies seem to show that vitamin E also is a positive combatant against what are termed free radicals, those by products of the body's metabolism which are believed to cause cell damage and to possibly contribute directly to certain diseases. These studies seem to show that vitamin E may be a contributing factor directly to the prevention and/or delay of these conditions and more studies are underway to determine if this is or is not a true hypothesis.
Those foods and food by products which provide a ready source of vitamin E are vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, nuts, wheat germ, green leafy vegetables, such as lettuce. Fortified breakfast cereals are also a great source of vitamin E.
It is commonly thought amongst doctors and health care professionals that a lack of vitamin E in the diet may have a direct correlation with the occurrence of various neurological disorders and metabolism disorders. There are also studies being conducted to determine whether or not vitamin E in the diet may be a positive influence in maintaining and or obtaining a healthy heart when taken to combat various heart related problems.
There are some studies which have been made that some doctors and health care professionals feel seem to indicate that a lack of vitamin E may be a contributing factor in the onset of certain neurological problems, brain conditions and certain types of visual problems in older people. These studies seem to indicate that an increase of vitamin E in the diet may well contribute directly towards the prevention or slowing down of these conditions in the human body.
As with any vitamin or health related product, it is important that the intake of vitamin E into the human body be done carefully and under the advice or supervision of a doctor or health care professional. There seems to be every indication that vitamin E is a good thing and a friend to us as we strive to maintain or obtain the best possible heath conditions for our bodies, but as with anything, too much of a good thing can make it a bad thing, so it is important to see to it that as we make use of vitamin E with a goal of healthy bodies and minds, we do so wisely.
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