Vitamin E: The Second Essential Vitamin
Vitamin E and Your Health
My phone held a disturbing message last night. I replied immediately because in his voice message my client said that his left arm was numb and tingly, he was tired, and he had slight chest pain. He said that his wife thought it was a vitamin deficiency.
When I looked at his body psychically, he had a sizable soft, red blood clot in a vein leading to his heart. I explained to him that this was called an aortic embolism, and that although it can happen to anyone at any time his age range, 50+ was the most vulnerable. He had a blood clot, possibly from sitting in one place too long, and this clot had broken loose and found trouble. He was fortunate in that it was only a partial blockage of the vein and some blood was still able to pass through. He was in danger, however, of experiencing a myocardial infarction. The blood clot might have caused damage to his heart if the clot moved into the heart organ.
I couldn’t get his body to absorb the clot, so I broke it up into five tiny pieces and moved it through his system. His arm immediately stopped feeling numb and his energy returned. I explained to him that his wife had correctly intuited that he had a deficiency. And that his need was for more vitamin E, which is a safe and natural blood thinner. I suggested to him that he would benefit from 2,000 units a day of a natural mixed d-alpha tocopherol vitamin E. I also mentioned that he would have to continue to eat a diet high in greens for vitamin K. I suggested to him he might want to take a baby aspirin daily. Of course I also recommended that he see his medical doctor.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin naturally found in raw nuts, wheat germ, and eggs.
It’s also found in tiny amounts in other foods, but it is rapidly damaged by heat, storage, and natural degradation after harvesting. It’s extremely difficult to get enough for daily use from diet alone. Supplementation becomes important when vitamin E is needed in larger doses to restore health or to correct a condition. When individuals are dieting and can’t lose weight, supplementing with 5,000 units a day can boost fat loss. This is probably due to vitamin E’s ability to balance blood sugar values. Vitamin E is an essential nutrient to prevent diabetes, and diabetics who take vitamin E supplements usually have to reduce their insulin medication.
Vitamin E is what I call the “long life” vitamin.
Every day of your life your body is exposed to damaging free radicals, ultra violet radiation, and wear and tear. Your body is constantly acquiring scars, both internally and externally. Aging is primarily cross-linked fibers in the body, free radical oxidation damage that can be prevented. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant which prevents those micro scars and damage. And it’s difficult to get enough from food in the modern diet because it’s easily damaged by processing and food handling. Vitamin E supplementation helps to prevent wrinkles and to create smooth, elastic skin. Pregnant women who take this supplement in excess of 1000 units usually do not have stretch marks. My clients who experience rapid weight loss after improving their diets prevent loose and sagging skin with higher doses.
There’s been a lot of scary news about the “dangers” of vitamin E supplementation. The studies however, that indicated some toxicity at high levels of supplementation were all using synthetic vitamin E. There is an enormous difference between synthetic vitamin E, dl-tocopherols, and the natural d-tocopherols. A toxicity level has never been found for natural vitamin E. Unlike other vitamins, synthetic Vitamin E is not biochemically equivalent to the natural forms. Synthetic Vitamin E is a mixture of 8 stereoisomers, only one of which is equivalent to d-alpha-tocopherol. Synthetic Vitamin E is produced from petrochemicals – by the reaction of isophytpol with trimethylhydrquinone.
The articles about vitamin E toxicity are all over the web, but never, never do they make a distinction between natural vitamin E derived from foods and synthetic vitamin E derived from petroleum. The two are not the same; they don’t react the same way in the human body.
Because of the confusion and fake science around synthetic and natural vitamin E, the usual recommended supplemental dose is extremely low; 400 units to 1,500 units. There’s nothing wrong with that supplemental dosage for a child or a young adult. As the number one preventative for arteriosclerotic vascular disease , cancer , and premature aging, though, this dose of 1,000 units would be considered minimal for a mature adult. The important caveat to remember is that vitamin E is a natural blood thinner. At higher doses than 1000 units you would either need to eat a diet high in green vegetables or take a supplement each day of both K2 and MK-7 vitamin K to ensure proper blood clotting. Patients are always told by their surgeons to eliminate vitamin E supplements for two weeks prior to surgery to prevent bleeding problems.
Let’s hit the highlights of vitamin E’s benefits to your body:
E promotes weight loss and healthy weight
E, in combination with selenium, helps to reduce cancer of the colon, lungs, pancreas, prostrate and stomach
E prevents atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and strengthens the heart muscle
E improves blood sugar and cholesterol values and reduces the amount of insulin needed by diabetics
E in combination with selenium decreases the toxicity of mercury in the body
E prevents pre-eclampsyia in pregnancy as well as stretch marks and tissue tears.
E is often used to treat breast cysts, painful menstrual cycles, and menopausal hot flashes
E is used to lessen the harmful effects of medical treatments such as dialysis and chemotherapy
E is used by athletes to improve physical endurance, increase energy, reduce muscle damage after exercise, and for improving muscle strength.
E helps to prevent wrinkles and scarring
You can see, with all of this, why I consider vitamin E to be one of the three essential supplements that most people need and yet don’t take. There are other, more powerful and expensive antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid and astaxanthin. If your family history includes a consistent occurrence of heart disease then you should also include those supplements to your daily intake of vitamin E. When healing after surgery, vitamin E is essential to prevent scarring and adhesion. Daily supplementation of vitamin E prevents blood clots and keeps the blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol levels in check. It’s well worth taking this and avoiding a pile of pharmaceutical drugs to “correct” issues which are easily prevented.
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This is a continuation of a series of three articles, you can find the first article here.