Vitamin E – Plant Sources

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You may have heard of this vitamin, but do you really know what it does and why it’s essential for us to consume?

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, which means it dissolves in fats, absorbed by the body and stored in the fatty tissue, thus creating a reserve for those times you are not able to consume your recommended daily allowance and the body needs it to function.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps to reduce the amount of free radicals, which harm cells, tissues and organs. It helps keep the body’s immunity up and high functioning and it helps the cells and other vitamins interact with one another. Vitamin E sounds and acts kind of like a camp counselor or someone who’s done HR (ahem!) There are plenty of supplements and foods that are enriched with vitamin E, however as with anything getting your vitamins and minerals from real, whole foods are the best sources. Some plant sources include lots of dark leafy greens, butternut squash, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, high quality nut butters, olives, olive oil and avocados. Avocados y’all! Get your avo toast game on!
Vitamin E is also great for skin health. You may have noticed it in many skin care products. There have been numerous claims over the years that it minimizes the appearance of scarring on the body and I’ve seen some success. Anecdotal evidence- I was getting electrolysis a few years back because I looked like the love child of Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds. My esthetician advised me to put 75,000 IU of natural vitamin E oil on my face to reduce the redness, hyperpigmentation and any scarring that occurred during treatments. I still use it to this day. You’re welcome for that visual.

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