Nutrition Alerts: Health Benefits of Vitamin E

health benefits of Vitamin E

When your cells are healthy, you are healthy. So it makes sense that what you feed your cells will impact your health. To take it a step further, your body makes new cells every day. Wouldn’t it make sense then that you can build better health at any time by feeding your body the nutrients it needs to be healthy?

Vitamin E is an antioxidant which means that it slows down processes that damage your cells, protecting your cells. Vitamin E is good for your muscles, including your heart:  improves circulation, improves blood flow to the heart, helps lower cholesterol, helps prevent arterial blockage, high blood pressure, stroke, arterio and arthero sclerosis, coronary thrombosis, and angina.

Web MD states many reasons why Vitamin E is important to your body:

 “Vitamin E is a vitamin that dissolves in fat. It is found in many foods including vegetable oils, cereals, meat, poultry, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and wheat germ oil. It is also available as a supplement… people use vitamin E for treating and preventing diseases of the heart, treating diabetes and its complications, preventing cancer, particularly lung and oral cancer in smokers; colorectal cancer and polyps; and gastric, prostate, and pancreatic cancer.  Some people use vitamin E for diseases of the brain and nervous system including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, night cramps, restless leg syndrome, and for epilepsy, along with other medications. Vitamin E is also used for Huntington’s chorea, and other disorders involving nerves and muscles. Women use vitamin E for preventing complications in late pregnancy due to high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), painful periods, menopausal syndrome, hot flashes associated with breast cancer, and breast cysts.”

Here’s an interesting fact:  A study conducted by researchers at Tufts University showed that taking Vitamin E improves immune function in the elderly.*

*Meydani, SN, Meydani M, Blumberg JB, Vitamin E supplementation and in vivo immune response in healthy elderly subjects: a randomized control trial. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1997; 277:1380-1386.

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D-alpha tocopherol is the natural and most expensive form of Vitamin E.  Synthetic supplements use dl-alpha tocopherol or l-alpha tocopherol. Using d-alpha tocopherol makes the Vitamin E twice as bioactive as synthetic Vitamin E, providing greater antioxidant protection.

Nutrition Alerts

Cold hands and feet

Hot flashes

Poor circulation

Heart trouble


Slow to heal

Restless legs

Cystic breast disease



Varicose veins


Hardening of the arteries

Fertility problems



Benefits of Vitamin E

Antioxidant: prevents heart disease by up to 75%

Protects lungs from air pollution

Aids in healing of burns, skin ulcers and reduces scarring

Protects cells from premature aging

Reduces risk of colon, lung and prostate cancer

Increases endurance

Improves immune system

Helps Parkinson’s disease

Shaklee Vitamin E Complex is a whole food sourced formula containing mixed tocopherols (including gamma tocopherol) and selenium for the greatest synergistic effect (E + selenium together makes each more potent than when by itself). This formulation also includes the added benefits of grape seed extract.

Vitamin E Complex is a powerful 3 in 1 antioxidant, with Vitamin E, Selenium & Grape Seed Extract – again, all working together to result in an increased synergistic effect and helping to protect your body against free radical damage, supporting your cell membranes and slowing the aging process.

Shaklee also makes a Vitamin E + Selenium supplement without the grape seed extract.

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