Health benefits of Vitamin E

One of the qualities that make argan oil so popular is that the oil contains a sizeable amount of Vitamin E. Vitamin E has many health benefits – it is immune boosting, helps repair damaged skin, nails  and hair, and offers good protection against diseases.  Alpha-tocopherol (the technical name for vitamin E) reduces cholesterol and plaque build-up, which cuts down the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Although the body cannot make vitamin E, it is an essential nutrient, meaning that the body needs to absorb vitamin E from food in order to function properly.  But it is rare for a person to have a deficiency of the vitamin since it is fat-soluble, and can be stored in fatty tissues in the body for up to half a year.  Apart from Moroccan argan, other good sources of alpha-tocopherol include vegetable oils (especially wheat-germ oil), nuts, poultry and wheat.  It can also be taken as a supplement in its pure form.

However, when buying vitamin E supplements, it is important to buy natural vitamin E as opposed to synthetic vitamin E.  The vitamin in its natural form is easily absorbed and much more potent.  If you have trouble telling one from the other, look at the ingredients label.  The natural form of the vitamin is called “d-alpha tocopherol”, whereas the synthetic version is “dl-alpha tocopherol”.

Here is a brief run-down of some of the health benefits to be gained from this vitamin:

  • Antioxidant Properties

Vitamin E is one of the strongest antioxidants out there.  Antioxidants fight free radicals.  Free radicals are unstable compounds that can alter cell structure, causing aging, a weakened immune system, and in extreme cases even cancer.  Antioxidants go a long way in helping to prevent many diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

  • Reduces Cholesterol

Cholesterol damages the body because it converts into plaque which clogs up blood vessels, leading to heart diseases and strokes.  Vitamin E prevents this.  It also makes the blood thinner which improves blood flow throughout the body.

  • Skin care

Free radicals affect the skin negatively.  This is the reason why smokers and people who live in polluted areas age quicker than others.  Vitamin E combats these free radicals, and it also helps the skin retain its moisture.  It speeds up the healing of wounds and protects against UV radiation.  Many creams and lotions contain vitamin E oil.  Before I was introduced to argan oil, I used to mix pure vitamin E oil into a generic lotion, which really helped my skin stay soft and hydrated.  Now I just use pure argan oil, which is great for skin care.

  • Anti-inflammatory

Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps to relieve pain.  It can be compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) typically used to relieve pain caused by arthritis.

Vitamin E is one of the most versatile nutrients out there, and I always make sure to have a bottle of oil containing vitamin E on hand. Use it on your skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars.  Argan oil contains a lot of vitamin E as well as other nutrients that support its actions.

 

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Drinking Water Can Help Removing Forehead Wrinkles

I used to have a big Asian skincare routine and I actually found when I simplified it I saw better results. Asian skin care are usually big on hydration and nourishing the skin.

Drinking water and staying hydrated has made the biggest improvement in my Forehead Wrinkles. I can tell immediately if I am dehydrated by the lines in my skin.

While you are right about severe dehydration causing severe symptoms, I wouldn’t so strictly say it has no effect on skin before it has a direct one on your brain.

When you stop drinking water and a body feels a lack of it, it concentrates urine so you’d pee in dark yellow-orange, smelly urine. Next step is to extract water from the body cells… skin included. This is done so you have enough volume of liquid in your veins. And loss of water from brain cells happens as an absolute last measure, when the body can’t do anything to stop it.

There is a test we do, called skin turgor – pinching slightly the skin atop of the back of your hand, or belly. If you’re dehydrated, a kind of lump forms and stays for a second or two. If your not, the skin goes back to the way it was instantly. And this happens way before a person develops any noticeable “brain” symptoms.

So, drink water, folks!

Started a New Health Blog

I decided to start a blog back in October 2014 simply as a hobby.  I’ve always loved beauty and wellness, and blogging seemed like a natural fit for my interests.  It was a fun pastime at first month, but the more I got into it, the more I realized that I wanted to be more serious about it.

I decided to start fresh with a brand new blog focusing on healthy organic green drinks and superfood recipes.  I’m passionate about beauty and wellness and I want to share what I know to help others eat more nutritiously with green superfoods.

Check it out my new blog here. Appreciated if you can comment your insights there!