Today is the day! After 3 whole months, I have taken my last vitamin E supplement. I must admit that I am a little saddened about ending this journey. What is the big deal about vitamin E, you ask? Well let me explain. It all started about 6 months ago. I begin to feel a little tired and not quite right. I didn't think much about it at first until I noticed that my skin was also more dry than usual. Over the next few weeks, the symptoms continued. I decided to cut soft drinks from my diet. This helped some but my skin was still dry and itchy. I began to drink water only and bought a bottle of vitamin E. That bottle was one of the best purchases I ever made.
Common ways vitamin E helps the body
• Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant
• It acts synergistically with the mineral selenium in the oxidation prevention process
• Vitamin E increases circulation which reduces the risk of heart disease
After one week of taking the supplement, I began to feel a little more energy. I was not bouncing off the walls or anything but I simply felt better. I continued the increased water intake and found that I began to sleep a little more soundly than before.
By then end of the month I saw an improvement in sinus problems I had suffered from for years. I noticed that my skin was not itching anymore and wasn't nearly as dry. I continued to increase the vitamin E. Now the skin on my face had a rosy glow and clearly looked a lot healthier. I begin to feel a huge burst of energy and was in a better mood. I didn't wake up with the dreaded feeling of exhaustion. Instead I jump from bed each morning excited about my list of things to do.
A couple of weeks into the second month, I started to notice fewer aches and pains. I was no longer aching all over at the end of a long day. By the end of the second month, my hair was growing faster than it had in years. It was a lot thicker too. Friends began to comment on how fast it had grown in such a short time.
By the end of the third month, vitamin E had become my top beauty secret. Overall my life had done what some would call a complete turn around. With my glowing skin and new found energy I was radiating with happiness.
What you should know before taking vitamin E
- The adult RDA (recommended dietary allowance) for Vitamin E is 15mg a day.
- Vitamin E is easily destroyed by sunlight.
- Vitamin E is a natural blood thinner and can have adverse effects on those who have a problem with blood clotting.
- Vitamin E should not be taken with other anticoagulants such as aspirin.
- The cooking process destroys the vitamin E in most heavily cooked foods.
- It is best to consume this vitamin from fresh whole foods that are only lightly cooked like nuts and steamed vegetables.
Sametra Gardner has been writing professionally since 2010, with her work appearing on various health and nutrition related websites. She specializes in writing about nutrition and health-related content. Sametra holds a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition from Alcorn State University. Her passion for the food and nutrition industry began as a young adult. While attending college she witnessed first hand the impact that food service and nutrition can have on others. She was inspired to learn more and became a health/nutrition writer. Gardner desires to increase food and nutrition awareness of others in her community by spreading the knowledge, and wisdom that she has gained through years of education and hands on experience.