Following up on Jen’s last episode, where she talked about fat versus water soluble. In this episode, I am going to break down vitamin E and how you can get those essential nutrients, ideally from food.
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Vitamin E is an essential nutrient that plays a vital role in our overall health and well-being. Here’s why it is important and some of the best sources of this nutrient:
Antioxidant Properties: Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, which means it helps protect the cells in our body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can harm cells and contribute to various chronic diseases. Vitamin E neutralizes these free radicals, reducing their damaging effects.
Immune System Support: Vitamin E supports a healthy immune system. It helps strengthen immune responses, allowing the body to fight off infections and diseases more effectively.
Skin and Hair Health: Vitamin E is known for its benefits to the skin and hair. It helps protect the skin from oxidative damage caused by UV rays, pollution, and aging. Vitamin E can also improve skin hydration, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy hair growth.
Heart Health: Vitamin E has been linked to cardiovascular health. It helps prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, reducing the risk of artery-clogging plaque formation. This antioxidant effect may contribute to a lower risk of heart disease.
Eye Health: Vitamin E has been associated with maintaining good eye health. It helps protect the eyes from oxidative stress and age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in older adults.
Some of the best food sources of vitamin E include:
- Nuts and seeds: Almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, and peanuts are rich in vitamin E.
- Vegetable oils: Wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil are excellent sources.
- Green leafy vegetables: Spinach, Swiss chard, and kale contain vitamin E.
- Avocados: This creamy fruit is a good source of vitamin E.
- Fortified cereals: Some breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamin E.
- Fish and shellfish: Trout, salmon, and shrimp contain small amounts of vitamin E.
It’s worth noting that incorporating a variety of these food sources into your diet ensures a sufficient intake of vitamin E.
HEALTHY LIFE HACKS
The Healthy Life Hacks I want to share with you today are:
- Incorporate more Vitamin E foods in your diet.
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