There are 8 fat soluble compounds that are given the group name of vitamin E. The “α-Tocopherol” compound is the most abundant form and the only one that is active in human beings. Though research suggests food that have a mixture of these compounds can be more beneficial than taking isolated α-Tocopherol as a supplement.
The main role of vitamin E is performing the job of an antioxidant. Vitamin E works very similarly to vitamin A because of its antioxidant properties- it works throughout the body to stabilize free radicals preventing cell damage and ultimately skin damage. When we consume vitamin E, it absorbs in to the cells, including the skin cells. As it neutralizes free radicals (by donating electrons) it prevents signs of aging because it makes sure that no skin cells are damaged ( free radicals steals an electron damaging the skin cell). Vitamin E and A seem to work in synergy with each other to boost your immune system also lowering the risk of cancer and other diseases.
Food is not the only way to get vitamin E working on your skin, you can also use oil or serums that include vitamin E. When applied topically, it interacts with the skin cells instantly and directly stabilizing free radicals and therefore working as an anti-aging agent. It also is brilliant for keeping the skin hydrated giving it that luminous healthy glow. It is also known to decrease the depth of wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, although there still needs to be more studies on humans, there have been studies on rats that concluded vitamin E can prevent skin cancer from UV rays.
The daily recommended amount is tricky. It is near impossible to consume a high amount of vitamin E just from diet unless you were to eat a very high amount of fat (as it is usually food in oily foods). Vitamin E is found in oils (vegetable, sunflower, almond), whole grain cereals and eggs. Find out more on our homepage posts about where you can get you does of vitamin E! It all depends on your diet really, if you consume a lot of fat you probably get just enough but for it to help with aging you perhaps need an extra boost (upping your fat intake is usually not something you want to do). So as it is hard to get a high amount of it in your diet, supplements or special skin oils containing vitamin E are recommended to get the best results.
Vitamin E Side Effects
Vitamin E is safe even at high doses up to 1,000 mg a day and is not toxic. However, above that between 1,100mg-2100mg a day can have some adverse effects including; vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains, tiredness, reduced immunity and transiently raised blood pressure. Some studies show that in extremely high doses it can be pro-oxidant (act as free radicals) especially in people who smoke. But of course, everything has side effects if you decide to have huge doses- see what your bodies needs and make the best decisions to suit you.