The fat-soluble vitamin E actually describes a group of eight related compounds called tocopherols. Here are six health benefits of vitamin E.
Vitamin E, along with other vitamins C, B3, selenium and glutathione, battle against oxidative stress caused by free radicals within our bodies. If not properly checked, the free radicals can damage our cells and possibly lead to diseases such as atherosclerosis and cancer.
Whether applied topically or ingested, vitamin E has been conclusively shown to protect our skin from ultraviolet radiation, thus guarding us from both skin cancer and premature aging.
Studies have reported that a diet rich in vitamin E may lessen the probability of bladder cancer (the fourth leading cancer killer among men) by nearly 50%. Whereas alpha-tocopherol prevents bladder cancer, the combination of and gamma- and delta-tocopherol checks the onset of prostate cancer by effectively causing the cancerous cell to self-destruct without harming neighboring healthy cells.
Vitamin E interrupts the development of nitrosamines (carcinogens formed in the stomach), which improves the body's metabolic function.
Research has also shown that gamma-tocopherol possesses anti-inflammatory effects that can combat arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, and other inflammatory disorders linked to chronic inflammation.
A recent study at Rush University showed that a vitamin high in vitamin E (a combination of tocopherol forms, not including alpha-tocopherol) lowered the risk of Alzheimer's Disease by 67% in subjects.