Kura Vitamin E w/Selenium
STRENGTH: 400 IU
It is necessary for new cell growth.
Vitamin E is what some would consider as a staple antioxidant. It exists in eight different forms, and of these forms alpha-tocopherol is one of the most active forms in the vitamin E family. It protects unsaturated fats that are a part of the cells from damage and breakdown, and prevents the destruction of red blood cells. This powerful vitamin has the ability to scavenge free radicals (destructive by-products of metabolism), it prevents damage to cell membranes thereby reducing the risk of circulatory issues and other serious pathologies. Furthermore, vitamin E keeps the bad cholesterol (LDL) from building up and depositing in the arteries which can cause serious problems. It has also been shown to speed up healing in burn and post-op patients and, in recent studies, it states that Vitamin E seems to ease the pain and swelling of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, to reduce the risk of cataracts, to bolster the immune system, even to slow the progress of certain neuromuscular diseases.
This one ingredient is probably the most abused fat soluble constituent by food companies in the world. It is readily removed from processed foods (and oils), and is destroyed for the most part because when it isnt in a food the shelf life will increase many times over. Have you ever wondered why there are so many health problems in our society that can be traced back to a sub-clinical deficiency of this one fat soluble vitamin? It is because society as a whole doesnt eat enough of the types of foods that contain this vitamin in its raw form. Antioxidants such as vitamin E act to protect your cells against the effects of something called free radicals, which can cause tremendous damage to the body over time. The turmoil they cause contributes to cell damage that may lead to the development of a number of pathologies, including cataracts and cancer. The most recognized pathology that is associated with the lack of vitamin E and its fractions today is cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease holds the number one position as a taker of life in todays society.
Vitamin E can be found in:
A deficiency of vitamin E may also cause disorders of reproduction; abnormalities of muscle, liver, bone marrow, and brain function; hemolysis of RBCs; defective embryogenesis (birth defects); and exudative diathesis (a disorder of capillary permeability). Studies have shown that taking vitamin E and its fractions preventatively and regularly will help prevent vascular pathologies, and over time can even reduce damage created by a less than healthy life style. The antioxidant activity of alpha-tocopherol is similar to that of glutathione, which is a very potent member of the antioxidant family that helps to protect us. Vitamin Es antioxidant power is a well recognized benefit that becomes more important as we age!
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant in and of itself, but Nutri-Force Nutrition has now added Selenium to the mix, which in its own right is a powerful antioxidant with tons of research to validate its use. The National Cancer Institute is currently doing a study where by, they are mixing Selenium and vitamin E together to show the positive effects of the two jointly against prostate pathologies. This combination will have other positive effects on the body as a general antioxidant combination as well. It has been shown that our bodies need this nonmetallic element Selenium. And if we could be assured of a consistent supply from foods such as seafood, meats, and Brazil nuts we would not have to depend on taking it as a supplement, but we cant.
Selenium by itself is an antioxidant that is believed to help control cell damage that can lead to serious pathologies. It is an important part of our antioxidant enzyme and immune systems, which protects the cells against the effects of free radicals that are produced during normal oxygen and waste metabolism. Thank goodness the human body is a very adaptive organism! It has developed natural defenses such as an innate antioxidant system that utilizes Selenium to help control levels of free radicals because they can damage cells, and contribute to the development of serious disabling diseases. Selenium is also essential for normal functioning of the thyroid gland, which has far reaching ramifications for those who are trying to lose weight. Most people trying to lose weight get caught up in the vicious cycle of binging on junk food that is totally devoid of any real nutrient content, that even further robs their bodies of nutrients like selenium that help to maintain their health and well being. So the combination of Vitamin E and Selenium only makes sense in helping to maintain your health over the long haul!
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