It is becoming increasingly clear that having a diet that is rich in energy and nutrients — both macro and micro — may no longer be enough to save us from modern ailments. This is all thanks to the toxic, polluted times we live in, and not to mention the onslaught of stress we struggle with every day.
What we need today, in increasing amounts, are foods that deliver besides the regular nutrients, a large dose of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.
Vitamin E is one such agent.
This fat-soluble vitamin present in many foods — especially certain fats and oils — is a powerful antioxidant (similar in function to other better-known antioxidants like vitamin C and beta-carotene) that works to protect cells in the body from damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are highly reactive substances that result from metabolism in the body as well as from exposure to factors in the environment like cigarette smoke and ultraviolet light. They cause damage to body cells and contribute to the development of health issues like heart disease and cancer.