Saturday, April 5, 2014

E for Efficacy by E-vitamin

So, the letter of the day is E and what better nutrient, to discover than E- vitamin. As a multifaceted class of substances, E-vitamin is a collective word for a group of 8 molecules including 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols.  E-vitamin is potent in performing a number of bodily functions along other antioxidants.

Functions of E-vitamin
The most popular function of E-vitamin is its antioxidant activity.  Together with C-vitamin, E-vitamin protects against cardiovascular diseases. Other functions of E-vitamin include but are not limited to…  

-         Strengthening the immune system

-         Energy production

-         Control of enzymes activity

-         Control of gene expression

-         Production of red blood cells

-         Brain function

-         Skin cell repair

Food sources of E-vitamin
E-vitamin is fat soluble and will therefore be found in foods with naturally high amounts of fats (not to be confused with processed, greasy food). Consequently, E-vitamin will be found in vegetable oils (eg: corn and canola), green leafy vegetables/fruits (eg: avocado, spinach, turnips, etc), nuts and seeds, meat, poultry, and fortified cereals.  Always choose fresh foods over processed ones to ensure that the nutritional content is adequate.

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  1. I think it's great that my E is about eating and yours is about Vitamin-E. :) I'm a vegetarian, so it's really important for me to eat foods rich with nutrients. I absolutely love avocado and spinach.

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    1. I'm glad you liked it. I enjoyed reading your post yesterday :) hope to see more!

  2. Thanks for sharing such an informative post.

  3. Thank you so much Patience! An affirming post on the value of Vit E, which can be found in delicious ways.
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