Recently, an uptick in the presence of vitamins in the media has surfaced. You can get personalized vitamins based on your health concerns, vitamin extracted serums and oils, and monthly subscriptions of vitamins that can be delivered to your door.
With all of these options available, it may be difficult to decipher between good marketing and what can actually work well in conjunction with your diet and lifestyle. Based on trusted research from not only our own Exercise Physiologists but also data-backed science, we believe that several vitamins should have a presence in your diet. This week, we’d like to focus specifically on Vitamin E.
First things first, know that your health should not be considered a fad. Your body needs several vitamins and nutrients, and consumption should mostly come from food. Specifically, Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and is present in nuts, fish, and several fruits and vegetables.
Few compounds are as diversely beneficial as Vitamin E. The antioxidant can assist in developing greater immune function, heart health, hormone imbalance, vision and of course, skin health.
A fat-soluble vitamin such as Vitamin E is absorbed in the small intestine and stored in the liver. This means that levels can be built up over time and used when needed – i.e. when coming into contact with bacteria that may make you sick.
Maintaining your Vitamin E balance is important not only when fighting off common sicknesses, but also as a proponent of your overall health and wellness.
Think about if you are training for a race, trying to lose weight, or simply maintaining your current lifestyle – you want your body to be functioning at its optimal performance. Having an awareness of the nutrients your body needs to function will help you achieve your goals and feel your best.
Getting vitamin E through a balanced diet is extremely important for your overall health. The RDA (Recommended Daily Amount) is 15 mg per day for both males and females. You can take a Vitamin E supplement, but adding more nutrient-rich foods in your diet is what we suggest. A few of these options include:
Fresh salmon or trout
Sweet red peppers
Feel free to do your own research, as some of the foods you love may contain a good source of antioxidants.
Have more questions about Vitamin E? Visit one of our Exercise Physiologists who will work with setting you up with the right plan and people.
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-Guy C., Group Fitness Director at Dedham Health