I talked with one of my friends, Shalini. She has her point of view (A-Z) on how these Vitamin things work. I just penned it down.
“Being a woman of today’s competitive world, I did not (still don’t) get enough time to focus on the choices that I made regarding my health and well-being. The result of which was that I ended up regretting my actions. My choices or rather the lack of them started affecting my body in the worst possible ways. Not only did I start gaining weight, but my skin also started getting dry and wrinkly. Most importantly I started feeling low all the time. It was as if I did not have enough strength to complete any work satisfactorily. Let alone regain my happy place. Well, the second name of Vitamin E is ‘#Evion’.
Then, after what felt like a lifetime of gloomy days, I one day decided that I WILL change my present situation. I decided I wanted or rather needed to focus on my health and well-being. For this, like most people, I researched the ways, through which I could improve myself without taking outside help like going to a dietician or adhering to a strict diet. Let’s be honest, nobody likes being told what to eat, let alone be forced to eat measured food.
At that point, the internet came to my rescue and disclosed something that I had learned early in life. The fact that a human body needs some essential vitamins which not only ensure its well-being in the present but are also precautions for some severe health issues that might arise with age. One of these essential vitamins is Vitamin E and Evion Supplements.
The reason I say it is essential is that it acts as an antioxidant that travels throughout the body neutralising free radicals which would otherwise damage fat-containing structures like cell membranes and brain cells. The regular intake of these nutrients is essential for the proper functioning of a number of processes in our body. It even prevents oxidative stress. Other than facilitating healthy muscles, regular intake of vitamin E benefits our skin. Well, while all this information may seem to a little technical, it’s vital that we are aware of it. For everyone’s better understanding, I’ll break down everything and list all the benefits separately. All with a bonus of sharing my own experience.
However, before moving forward I would like to state that the purpose of all this is present before everyone a picture where they would realise the importance vitamin E themselves. Now let’s get this show on the road.
The hormonal imbalance in a human body is quite a natural phenomenon. However, it may cause problems such as allergies, weight gain, and urinary infections; to name few. It has been proved by the researchers that vitamin E helps in balancing the hormones naturally without depending on medicines.
Further, vitamin E is necessary for females as it helps in reducing cramps, anxiety and other PMS symptoms. By balancing the hormones, it not only decreases the severe pain but also reduces the menstrual blood loss. The best part is that all of this can be done naturally.
When I first learnt about this benefit, I also got to know about various vitamin E capsules and supplements available in the market. But, before taking any medication, I thought it would be better to talk to my gynaecologist and discussed it with her. After our discussion, she prescribed me a suitable vitamin E capsule. However, she, again and again, emphasised that rather than taking some capsules, I should start including vitamin E rich food items in my daily diet.
Even though I believed her, I was desperate for immediate results. So, for my next 2-3 menstrual cycles I took the vitamin E capsules but also followed her advice. Gradually, I realised the unbearable pain and cramps that I usually felt had now started reducing to the point that I no longer needed to take those capsules. And let’s just say that after that I was one happy female who no longer dreaded her periods.
STIMULATING HAIR GROWTH
I am sure everyone has heard other people use the phrases “good hair day” or “bad hair day”. Generally in today’s time, having a bad hair day could hamper one’s overall look. In fear of this, people keep on experimenting with numerous products and styles. Thus, exposing their hair to heat and chemical, which in turn further destroy their hair. In all this, they forget to provide their hair with few essentials that it actually needs to naturally look and stay healthy. This is where vitamin E comes into the picture. As mentioned above, vitamin E is an antioxidant, which possesses the properties to repair our damaged follies and promotes the circulation to the scalp. This helps in decreasing hair fall and increasing hair growth, all while giving our hair a lustrous look. Not only this, vitamin E prevents our hair from premature greying.
The reason why I have written the above words it because I myself have experienced all these things. I remember that in my school days I used to have so much volume in my hair. Unfortunately, at that time I didn’t care and value what my healthy hair. I kept exposing my hair to heat; sometimes straightening them other times curling them. In the end, the result was that my natural hair volume was lost and on top of that, my hair permanently looked damaged.
One might think that all this would not have happened if I had used heat protector lotions that are available in the market. But let me tell you that even if I had used them, the result would have been the same. This is because almost all the heat protectors have chemicals that harm our hair. Not only this, the shampoos and conditioners that we use also have such chemicals.
Thus, I needed a solution which would be beneficial in the long run. And like I said above, vitamin E came to my rescue. I started massaging my scalp with coconut milk. I leave it in my hair for 30-40 minutes and then wash it with a mild or organic shampoo. I suggest repeating this two times a week for 2-3 months to observe a positive result.
REPAIRS DAMAGED SKIN
When I say that vitamin E helps in repairing damaged skin, I don’t just mean that it acts as a moisturiser. Yes, it’s true that it restores and rejuvenates our dehydrated skin, but it does a lot more than that. It acts as a cleansing agent and prevents our skin from becoming dull and wrinkly.
Personally, I am someone whose skin gets dry very fast. This situation gets worse in winters. In winters, even when I apply moisturiser, after few hours I feel that skin, is getting dry; especially my hands. So, I need something that would properly get absorbed by my skin and keep it moisturised and soft for the longest time possible.
Here again, a basic vitamin E rich remedy came to my rescue. This remedy was the use of olive oil. Yes, to fight the dry skin problem, all anyone needs is some warm olive oil. Gently massage it for 5-10 minutes on the body. While everyone can apply it whenever they get time, I believe the best time is before going to sleep as it would give the skin a proper time to absorb the oil. Also, after the massage, everyone would sleep better.
Further, when I regularly started following this routine, I realised that it proved beneficial for more than just the above aspects. It helped in soothing pain, lighting dark spots and fading scars. So, yeah I totally recommend it.
Even though I have a good eyesight, earlier I used to get my eyesight checked on a regular basis. This is because I am constantly in front of a screen, whether working on a laptop or watching TV. Due to which sometimes I was unable to focus on what was in front of me or would have severe headaches. However, once I started focusing on myself, I realised that this problem too could be solved at home and that too by making small changes in my eating habits.
To keep my eyesight healthy, in addition to vitamin E, I started consuming an adequate amount of vitamin A and zinc. The food items that I would recommend for healthy eyesight would be nuts and seed, as they are excellent sources of required vitamins and minerals. Additionally, they are a tasty snack which everyone can have in between meals. Personally, since my childhood, I eat 5-6 almonds every day before or after breakfast. I guess that is why I have a good eyesight. However, if someone is not a big fan of eating raw almonds, then there are other ways to consume it such as drinking a glass of almond milk.
There is a pre-conceived notion that physical strength can only be achieved by exercising. Well, my friends, this is one of the most popular myths that exist in the world. While exercise will definitely help one achieve this goal; there is another way as well and that way is eating right.
Yes, I am not kidding. I myself did not believe it when I first heard it. However, once I started eating healthy food; included vitamin E and other essential vitamins and minerals in my diet, I realised my physical strength and endurance was getting better. Surprised by the level of effective change, I started gathering facts. At that time, I got to know that vitamin E in reduces the power of oxidative stress on the muscles and increases the muscle strength. Further, it gradually increases energy in the body. Well, it worked for me and I am pretty sure it would work for many (if not all) of everyone as well.
While these all are the benefits that I have noticed till now, there are several other benefits of vitamin E. Some of which are listed below.
- It helps people with Alzheimer’s disease.
- It helps in balancing the cholesterol as it serves as an antioxidant which fights cholesterol oxidation.
- It is believed that it lowers cancer risk and also helps in improving the effects of medical treatments.
- Theories state that it is important for women during pregnancy for proper growth and development in infants.
Now that I have mentioned the benefits of consuming vitamin E, I’ll also provide a list the sources or food items to make things all the more easier for you. Everyone must have noticed that it’s not in every section that I have mentioned about making vitamin E rich food items a part of a daily diet. Nevertheless, it is applicable to all the about benefits. Even if a people don’t follow any of the above suggested routines and just adds vitamin E to their diet, I am confident that there would be a constructive change in their health and well-being. So, now I’ll provide below a list of recommended food items that are rich in vitamin E. They have worked for me and I am pretty confident that they work for everyone else too.
- Olive oil- Like I have mentioned earlier, I use olive oil as a natural moisturiser to rehydrate my skin and scalp. Apart from this, I use it for cooking as well and sometimes even put a little on the salads.
- Peanuts – What many of us don’t know is the fact that peanuts are a great source of antioxidants, rich in non-saturated fat. It is good for the heart, prevent colon cancer and gallstone. As for making it a part of the diet, I usually eat it as a munching snack.
- Sunflower seed- Like peanuts, I eat a handful of sunflower seeds to munch on a snack. It can also be used to garnish the salad.
- Avocados- One avocado contains 20% of the required daily intake of vitamin E. However, personally I eat it 2-3 in a week as I feel it is quite heavy on the stomach.
- Almonds- My love for almonds goes way back. Since childhood whenever I needed a quick fix of energy, almonds came to my rescue.
- Broccoli- this is one of my favourite vegetables. I am a big fan of eating boiled vegetables for dinner and broccoli is at the top of that list. Everyone who has not till date eaten this vegetable, I request you all, please try it.
- Spinach- This is considered to be one of the healthiest green leafy vegetables. It can be eaten raw like tossed up in a salad. However, since I am an Indian, I generally cook a spinach dish by boiling it and then lightly frying it with some other vegetables such as potato or paneer (cottage cheese).
- Shrimp- This may seem a surprise as shrimp is high in cholesterol but it is a low-calorie food which is rich in not just vitamin E but other vitamin and minerals as well. Talking about the intake, I personally combine it with chopped onions, chilli peppers (also rich in vitamin E), and garlic. Lastly, I add some olive oil to it.
Apart from these, vitamin E is also said to be found in food items like kiwi, mustard seeds, asparagus, beet greens, turnip greens, apricot. I am sure there are other items too that could be added to the list.
Thus, this is my vitamin E mantra. Or more likely my dose of a healthy lifestyle. Frankly, these little changes and their gradual results are what has persuaded me to keep following this. Not only this, the change that I feel in myself is what has encouraged me to share my experiences with others as no matter what we might think; most of us encounter similar situations at some point of our life. So, like I have shared my mantra, I hope many others share theirs so that we all can learn and benefit from each other experiences.”
Evion is Indian’s No. 1 Doctor Recommended Vitamin E. I think I can say this now, can’t I?