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VITAMIN E is a STRESS-BUSTER among other things!

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Vitamin E is an especially powerful antioxidant involved in the protection and regeneration of skin cells. Used topically and orally, it is very effective at preventing and reducing scarring and discolorations of the skin. Research has also shown that vitamin E possesses anti-inflammatory effects that can combat arthritis, asthma, and other inflammatory disorders linked to chronic inflammation including depression.

Foods high in Vitamin E lower risk of Alzheimer’s

Recent research suggests that eating foods high in vitamin E may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and other cognitive decline. Interestingly, while these results have been found when subjects obtained vitamin E from food, they have not been replicated when using vitamin E supplements in clinical trials. This may be another of those cases where there are multiple nutrients, or forms of nutrients, working together when consumed in food that is impossible to simulate with a nutrient in isolation.

Vitamin E deficiency induces anxiety

A study by the Department of Agricultural Chemistry at the Meiji University, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Japan found that a deficiency in vitamin E increased anxiety in both juvenile and adult rats. In a 2009 study at the same university, researchers discovered that they could induce anxiety behaviors in rats by making them deficient in vitamin E.

Vitamin E deficiency linked to depression

When compared to healthy Australians, researchers at the University of Wollongong found 49 patients suffering from major depression to have significantly lower levels of vitamin E. A similar study at the Clinical Research Center for Mental Health in Antwerp, Belgium compared blood samples of 49 depressed patients to 26 healthy volunteers and found significantly lower vitamin E in the depressed patients. Researchers looking at a low-income elderly population in central Israel found that a deficiency in vitamin E was associated with depression. They found that an increase in as little as 1 mg per day of vitamin E decreased the risk of depression.

Prenatal vitamin E has long lasting effects on stress

In another study in Italy, researchers tested groups of adult rats whose mothers had been given elevated doses of vitamin E during pregnancy against those whose mothers had not been given additional vitamin E. The rats whose mothers had been given vitamin E performed much better in stressful situations, demonstrating less anxiety and fear than the other group. Prenatal exposure to vitamin E while in the womb had lasting effects in decreasing anxious responses to stress into adulthood. In other words, the offspring of mothers who took vitamin E during pregnancy were not only born with higher tolerance to stress but that tolerance lasted until after they were fully grown.

Vitamin E may be more effective than Prozac

It appears there is substantial evidence that both anxiety and depression can be caused by a deficiency in vitamin E and that adequate levels of vitamin E in the diet can prevent depression. Taking this a step further, the potential effects of vitamin E as a treatment for stress-induced depression was tested in a group of mice and compared to a group treated with fluoxetine (Prozac). They found the vitamin E to be more effective than Prozac.

Sources of Vitamin E:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Olives
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Apricots
  • Papaya
  • Broccoli
  • Avocado
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Red chili powder
  • Wheat germ
  • Plant oils such as wheat germ oil, avocado oil, and olive oil

 

 

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