People who don’t get enough vitamin E in their diets appear to be more likely than others to show early signs of disease. Only a fifth of the world’s population are receiving the recommended vitamin E intake, a review has concluded, placing a heightened risk for conditions affecting the immune system, cognitive function and cardiovascular health.
Vitamin E does everything from ease exercise soreness, treating menstrual pain, preventing cancer and playing a central role in neurological and cardiovascular function. Adequate levels of vitamin E, an essential micronutrient, are especially critical for the very young, the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant. Deficiency of the vitamin is occurring at an alarming frequency, and the effects of this are less obvious in the short-term affecting everything from fertility to Alzheimers.
Many individuals are not getting enough important nutrients from their diet. For many, it is simply due to the fact their diet does not provide adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. Even if you try to eat a whole, living foods diet, many foods these days provide fewer nutrients than one might think due to where the food is grown, the quality of the soil, how it is stored and for how long, and how it is processed. Now, consider that many people are dealing with digestive issues and other health conditions that influence their body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food, and you have a recipe for a very unhealthy population.
Because of these factors, there are many common nutrient deficiencies. Supplementation is often necessary, especially if you develop symptoms showing signs of such deficiency. Below is a list of seven of Dr. Mercola’s most popular nutrient deficiencies, and how to address them.
A recent study from China shows that the combination of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene can enhance cognitive function in the elderly.
Changes in memory commonly occur as we age. Severe deterioration of cognitive skills, though, can indicate dementia—the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s affects more than five million Americans and experts expect that number to rise to 14 million by 2050. At this point, no cure exists, so prevention is key.
Researchers followed 276 elderly participants who received treatment with vitamins C, E and different doses of beta-carotene, or vitamin E alone. Using standard cognition and dementia tests, they determined that the combination treatment improved cognitive function, particularly with higher doses of beta-carotene.
Blood tests also revealed that the nutrient blend markedly reduced amyloid-beta (which are common in Alzheimer’s patients) and raised estradiol, a form of estrogen that protects neurons and even exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in the brain.
The researchers concluded, “Treatment with vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene results in promising improvements in cognitive function in the elderly.”
Li Y, et al. Exp Ther Med. 2015 Apr;9(4):1489-93.
We’re led to believe that there are only two kinds of vaccine adjuvants, aluminum and squalene. That, though, isn’t true. However, newer adjuvants are being hidden, either in plain sight as excipients, or completely, as ingredients that come along with another adjuvant. It may be hard to believe, but Vitamin E is one of them.
by Heidi Stevenson with appreciation to Jyrki Kuoppala, who led me to the alpha-tocopherol connection
You know that old line, “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck.” We all understand that to be true. A corollary of that axiom is that, if it’s called something else, then something is being hidden. Vaccine adjuvants are a clear example of why that’s true. Adjuvants are often included in vaccines, but called something else. The definitive example is alpha-tocopherol, the form of vitamin E that’s utilized by the human body. (more…)
They come in all different sizes, shapes and colours. The seed is an embryonic plant itself and the origin of nutrition. A plant goes to great lengths to produce each seed and fill it with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes. If you’re looking for a high quality, nutritious and filling snack, seeds are tough to beat. Let’s look at the ten healthiest seeds on Earth and how to consume them.
A seed is life. It is a living food. It is impossible to eat a raw seed and not derive nutrition. Many seeds are edible and the majority of human calories come from seeds, especially from legumes and nuts. Seeds also provide most cooking oils, many beverages and spices and some important food additives. In different seeds the seed embryo or the endosperm dominates and provides most of the nutrients. The storage proteins of the embryo and endosperm differ in their amino acid content and physical properties.
Over a million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Most patients don’t succumb to the initial tumor, but rather to metastatic (spread to another body site) tumors, or drug side effects. For instance, melanoma comprises four percent of skin cancers, but 80 percent of skin cancer deaths, due to its metastatic potential. Keeping cancer from spreading starts with a healthy anti-inflammatory diet. (more…)
While the crackpots and crooks in conventional medicine tell as that antioxidants, especially vitamins C and E, selenium and beta-carotenes, are dangerous and “cause” cancer, here’s a refreshing study that shows without question they are not, do not, and may well reduce the incidence of deadly pancreatic cancer by TWO THIRDS. (more…)
After reviewing the available science and biochemistry on gamma tocotrienol and cancer, researchers from the University of Louisiana at Monroe proclaimed, “The synergistic anti-proliferative and apoptotic effects demonstrated by combined low dose treatment of gamma tocotrienol with other chemotherapeutic agents may provide significant health benefits in the prevention and/or treatment of breast cancer in women, while at the same time avoiding tumor resistance and toxic side effects associated with high dose monotherapy.” It is now becoming widely recognized that various nutrients, including tocotrienols, can not only directly knock out cancer but also help cancer treatments work better. It is high time the medical community embraces these findings and starts saving lives. (more…)
Tocotrienols are a unique form of vitamin E that possess many biologically active properties that plain vitamin E does not. Researchers have now shown that gamma tocotrienol can influence gene signals of immune cells in the lungs in a way that prevents key problems involved with the pathogenesis of asthma. (more…)