Vitamin E- The Metabolizing Vitamin
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Vitamin E- The Metabolizing Vitamin

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In the previous article we touched on the basics of Vitamin K. We continue the series with a brief look at Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, which this vitamin is in the sub class of tocopherols.These compounds are vital and critical for multiple functions including normal reproduction, sexual health, muscle development, and resistance of the hemolysis of erythrocytes.

As a fat soluble anti-oxidant, it acts by maintaining the stability of polyunsaturated fatty acids. This vitamin also works very closely with Vitamin A for proper functioning of the pituitary, adrenal, and sex glands. To put this another way is to look at it like this. You have a substance that readily is absorbed and stored in fat. As it comes into contact with other substances, you get a biochemical reaction that stimulates the release and/or production of hormones and some specific enzymes. Even simpler, you can not get to A without E. Deficiency can cause numerous vascular and sexual adverse conditions.

Although deficiency is rare, it is possible to have low levels which can directly lead to conditions such as muscular degeneration (atrophy), abnormalities within the vascular system, megaloblastic anemia, hemolytic anemia, infertility, creatinuria, hepatic and renal injury. So lets look at a few of these conditions. The descriptions will be taken directly from Mosbys Medical Dictionary.

MUSCULAR ATROPHY- A wasting or decrease in size or physiologic activity of a part of the body because of disease or other influences. A skeletal muscle may undergo atrophy as a result of lack of physical exercise or or neurologic or musculoskeletal disease. Some muscular atrophy has been implicated with a decrease in nutritional status.

MEGALOBLASTIC ANEMIA- A hematologic disorder characterized by by the production and peripheral proliferation of immature large dysfunctional erythrocytes. Megaloblasts are most often associated with severe percutanious anemia and folic acid deficiency.

HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA- A disorder characterized by chronic premature destruction of erythrocytes. Anemia may be minimal or absent, reflecting the ability of the bone marrow to increase production of erythrocytes. This condition may be associated with some infectious diseases, certain inherited red cell diseases, or neoplastic diseases. It may also be a response to certain drugs or other toxic agents.

Let us now focus on some dietary sources of this critical vitamin: wheat germ, soy bean, cotton seed, legumes, nuts, corn oils, corn, whole raw seeds, sweet potatoes, and so forth. although largely considered non toxic, in hypertensive patients and those with rheumatic heart disease. Due to the nature of the metabolistic effects of this vitamin, we can see where there may be issues.

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