How To Increase Your Vitamin E Intake?
Simple. Include all the foods we spoke of in your diet. You can start cooking with the vegetable oils. Replace your evening pack of chips with fresh fruit and vegetable salad, and toss in the foods we spoke of. You can also have a fruit smoothie plus toast with peanut butter for your daily breakfast.
Or if you are too busy to do all of this, you probably can take supplements.
Or, can you?
What About Natural Vitamin E Supplements?
Let us make this clear.
Natural vitamin E is a family of 8 different compounds – 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols. Which means, if you consume certain wholesome foods, you will get all of these 8 compounds. But a synthetic vitamin E supplement contains just 1 of these 8 supplements (alpha-tocopherol). So, a vitamin E pill is not a good idea. The capsules can’t give you what the natural sources can.
A couple of known vitamin E supplements are vitamin E acetate and vitamin E succinate. Though the latter is known to prevent heart disease as well, we still recommend you to go the natural way.
Well, if you can’t find time to consume vitamin E the natural way, what do you do?
You make time. As simple as that.
We also would like to talk about vitamin E suppositories. This is when you ingest vitamin E through your vagina or anus to soothe symptoms like dryness, itching, or other symptoms of menopause.
They also have their share of benefits and disadvantages. Vitamin E helps lubricate dry skin. It also helps relieve other symptoms of menopause like hot flashes or heart palpitations. Suppositories are absorbed into the bloodstream faster than when taken orally, which is one big advantage.
The disadvantages could be that you might feel sick to the stomach and even vomit. Nausea is another common side effect. Diarrhea can also occur if your body is adjusting to taking the suppositories. Headaches, blurred vision, and mild rashes are the other possible side effects.
But you can use vitamin E ointments or creams for treating common skin ailments like rashes or dryness. Consult your doctor, though. You can also use vitamin E capsules on your face (the capsules contain the oil). Vitamin E is a nutrient for the skin. It protects the skin cells from damage from reactive oxygen species and ultraviolet radiation.
Talking about pregnancy, it is always better to consult your doctor first before using any vitamin E supplements (though we recommend you don’t). This is because orally administered supplements can cause mild side effects during pregnancy. These can include headache, fatigue, rashes, weakness, and diarrhea. Topical application of the oil is regarded as safe.