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The story of Vitamin E is fascinating. It began in 1922 when two researchers, H.M. Evans and K.S. Bishop discovered this versatile vitamin at the University of California. At that time the research was found to help miscarriage. It was then described as the fertility vitamin. It has been proven over and over again to help in infertile couples.
This research caught the attention of a young gynecologist in London, Ontario, Canada. He was fascinated with the articles written on the experiments of vitamin E. This young doctor was, Evan Shute, one of the "fathers of vitamin E". He had a number of patients with a history of miscarriages. He then began to use vitamin E on some of his patients and discovered that it did prevent miscarriages.
Dr. Shute felt that vitamin E deficiencies were related to the new epidemic of coronary heart disease that exploded during the 1940's. It was almost unknown before the turn of the century before white bread was traded for whole wheat products. The new techniques to speed and "improve" the milling of flour were a disaster nutritionally. The new technique removed the highly perishable and nutritious "germ'" of the wheat grain, which had been the chief source of most dietary vitamin E. Until the milling, most people obtained their vitamin E from whole grain bread made from the whole wheat flour.
Dr. Evan Shute and his brother Wilfred, a cardiologist worked together to discover the importance of vitamin E in many diseases. The doctors were astonished with the evidence pointing to a major cause of cardiovascular disease: widespread vitamin E deficiency caused by massive dietary and lifestyle changes which had happened within the past thirty years.
In 1946, June 10th issue of Time magazine praised the work of the Shutes and their success with vitamin E, part of the article read: The tremendous increase in heart disease deaths might be due to over-refinement of foods, the polishing of rice, removal of vitamin values from flour, growing vegetables in greenhouses, picking of green oranges. All these deprive human of their ordinary supply of vitamin E.
Some medical doctors saw what was happening. Dr. Paul Dudley White an eminent cardiologist wrote that 32 years after graduating from medical school, heart disease had gone from being a virtually unknown disease to a major cause of death. The majority of doctors at the present still haven't learned some of these vital facts to preserve our health.
In 1950, Drs. Alton Ochsner and Michael DeBeky, who later became well-known as heart surgeons, wrote an article confirming that vitamin E can dissolve the blood dote that cause heart attacks, which was published in the Journal of die American Medical Association.
Dr. Evan Shutes once made the statement that vitamins usually prevent what they cure.
Herbs Containing Vitamin E
These are some of the herbs that contain vitamin E, and will help prevent circulatory problems. These herbs contain many health building properties to strengthen the whole body.
VITAMIN E PROTECTS THE SKIN
Vitamin E supplementation reduces free radical damage to the skin and improves wound healing, state researchers at the University of Wurzburg in Germany.
Skin tissue removed and treated with vitamin E was analyzed for free radical damage. After 12 hours, untreated skin grafts showed excessive free radical damage, while vitamin E-treated skin grafts showed only modest elevations of free radicals.
The results of this study show vitamin E helps prevent excessive free radical damage to tissues, which otherwise would inhibit normal healing and could promote continued damage and aging of the skin.
IMPROVE RESISTANCE TO COLDS WITH VITAMIN E
Aging is associated with reduced immune function and increased susceptibility to colds and infections. Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Nutrition Research Center state that increased intake of vitamin E might partially counteract this reduced immunity associated with advancing age.
Seniors received either a placebo or vitamin E for one month and vitamin E levels and resistance to infection was monitored. Results showed that vitamin E supplementation increased red and white blood cell levels of Vitamin E and improved immune responsiveness in healthy older persons. Researchers conclude that seniors might benefit from vitamin E supplementation. Vitamin E supplementation is a practical and inexpensive approach for delaying or possibly reversing the decrease in resistance to colds, infection, and disease normally associated with aging.
VITAMIN E – for all kinds of stress
Vitamin E supplementation not only benefits athletic recovery, but is recommended for those with chronic health problems.
The established RDA levels in the US (15 mg) is based largely on data that is decades old and does not offer optimal intake for those with athletic exertion, heart disease, or even those who lack physical activity.
Marathon runners who used supplements of vitamins C and E for six weeks prior to their races totally prevented the increase in lipid oxidation that is otherwise associated with extreme exercise. The type of damage observed in these runners may also be found in those who suffer heart attacks, strokes or have surgery and other traumas.
This study clearly shows that supplementation with these antioxidant vitamins could help prevent the significant levels of lipid oxidation that are associated with intense exercise.
Oxidative stress and higher levels of lipid oxidation are seen in a wide range of health problems, ranging from diabetes to heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, smoking and obesity.
Vitamin E is one that we cannot get in adequate amounts from our diet, especially for those who cut back on fatty foods.
[As I have written in various articles published in national magazines and in my books, we consume at least 90 percent less vitamin E today than we did one hundred years ago.]
Sources: Free Radical Biology & Medicine 2004;36(10):1329-41; New York Academy of Sciences Conference, Boston, 2004.
Vitamin E: Clearing the Confusion
The major problem with the studies condemning vitamin E is that they were done on a single source of the nutrient, alpha-tocopherol like other laws of nature, an isolated form or factor such as this very often has no relevance to human health. The different forms of Vitamin E work synergistically and depend on each other for optimum function.
Those of you who have been following my work for years know that I have long since stated the dangers of alpha-tocopherol and have advocated, a full-spectrum vitamin E. It has been shown that alpha-tocopherol can reduce your body's absorption of other forms of vitamin E. There is no question that nutrients work better in their natural matrix than they do in isolation. Vitamin E is a prime example.
Another limitation of the studies is that most were done on older people already suffering from chronic disease.
Source: Alternative Medicine Magazine Jul 2000, Issue 36.
Vitamin E protects against at least two common forms of cancer - prostate and bladder - and people who either eat the most vitamin E-containing foods or who have the highest levels in their blood are the least likely to have cancer.
Almost 30,000 men participated in one study that concluded that those with the higher blood levels of vitamin E have the lowest chance of getting prostate cancer. The dietary allowance of vitamin E is about 50 milligrams a day, but the current average US intake of E is only about 8 milligrams a day. The problem is that vitamin E is depleted in processed foods.
Source: American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting, March 28, 2004, Orlando
Note: NSP offers an all-natural form of Vitamin E with Selenium, It contains mixed tocopherols, tocotrienols, and selenium. This product is 5 times more effective than the synthetic form available in drug, discount and food stores. Take 1-2 caplets daily as a protection against heart disease and cancer.
Vitamin E Complete with Selenium (400 IU - 60 soft gels caps)
Vitamin E (100 IU – 180 soft gel caps)