Although vitamin E supplements come in many different forms, liquid vitamin E is one of the easiest to digest and can be applied externally to benefit your hair and skin.
Vitamin E as an Antioxidant
Antioxidants slow the aging process. Vitamin E was designated as an antioxidant in 1945. Free radicals from environmental pollution, foods, cigarettes and natural metabolic functions cause oxidation and aging of the cells. As an antioxidant, vitamin E is able to prevent this damage by neutralizing the free radicals before they are able to affect the cells.
Other Health Benefits
Aside from its antioxidant properties, vitamin E benefits your health in a number of ways, including:
- Helps the body metabolize vitamin K
- Enhances circulation
- Improves immune function
- Aids in red blood cell production
- Helps repair tissue damage on the skin
- Wards off cataracts and retinopathy brought on by diabetes
- Prevents heart disease
- Helps prevent cardiovascular disease
- Slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease
- Alleviates premenstrual syndrome
- Helps normal blood clotting
- Helps prevent prostate and breast cancer
While vitamin E is clearly an essential nutrient, as a fat-soluble vitamin it has the potential to build up in your system if you take more than you need. Be sure of the correct dosage before you begin supplementation.
The recommended dosage of vitamin E is between 30 IU's and 200 IU's a day, using the international unit measurement scale for vitamins and supplements. Most people do not get the recommended 30 IU's a day of vitamin E, therefore taking a supplement is sometimes necessary. Nursing and pregnant women should always consult with their doctor before adding vitamin E supplements to their diet.
Much of the research done on vitamin E indicates the body utilizes liquid vitamin E more readily than a hard pill or tablet. This form of vitamin E is available either in a gel capsule or bottle. To use the liquid from a vitamin E gel capsule poke a hole in the capsule with a small pin and squeeze out the vitamin E. Vitamin E from a bottle is poured into a measuring spoon, and for many people is much easier to swallow.
Adverse Side Effects
It is possible to overdose or cause adverse side effects by taking too much vitamin E. Excess vitamin E is stored in the fatty tissue of your body and builds up. You do not urinate out excess vitamin E. More than 400 IU of vitamin E a day can cause side effects or even death. If you suspect you have overdosed on vitamin E, contact a physician as soon as possible. Stop taking the vitamin E supplements if you experience any of the following symptoms, which may indicate a potential overdose:
- Anaphylactic shock: Indicated by swelling of the throat, lips, face or tongue
- Internal Hemhorrage: Signs of this life-threatening condition, brought on by vitamin E`s blood-thinning properties, include unusual bruising, gastrointestinal bleeding, black or red stools, or vomitting of blood.
- Digestive upset: Including nausea, diarrhea, gas, bloating, or abdominal cramps
- Neurological symptoms: Such as headache, blurred vision, fatigue, weakness of the limbs, and stroke
While we do need vitamin E in our diet, whenever possible it is best to get it from food sources such as nuts and oils. If you take more than one type of supplement regularly, add up the amount of vitamin E in each one so you do not go over 400 IU's per day.
If you are taking anticoagulant medications such as Coumadin, consult your doctor before taking vitamin E. Vitamin E is a mild blood thinner and may result in bleeding when combined with anticoagulant medication.
Other Uses For Liquid Vitamin E
Vitamin E can be used topically. It is a common ingredient in shampoos, face creams, and moisturizers. Vitamin E is available as an essential oil that may benefit the healing of wounds, scars, and stretch marks. A few drops of vitamin E can tame frizzy hair, smoothing out the hair cuticle while moisturizing the hair shaft.
Liquid vitamin E is also used as a vaginal lubricant for dryness many women experience during menopause. Rubbing a small amount in the vaginal area can relieve dryness and may even help women experience increased sensation. Using vitamin E in this way throughout the week helps alleviate dry vaginal tissue.
For many people, vitamin E supplements are both necessary and beneficial. Because the liquid form is easy to swallow and well absorbed, it is a good choice for those who have difficulty with other forms of vitamin supplements. If you experience any unusual side effects, stop taking the supplement and seek the advice of a physician.