“One of the most effective anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agents is vitamin E and its derivatives” sad Professor Karlheinz Pater, the Baker Institute’s Deputy Director, Basic and Translational Science and lead author of the recent study connecting vitamin E therapy given to patients after suffering a heart attack. The treatment would begin as soon as in the ambulance or upon arrival in the emergency department before opening or stenting the blocked vessel and continue following the hospital discharge.
Vitamin E therapy has not been proven to prevent heart attack, but it has never been tested for treating the potential damage to the heart during and after heart surgery. “As there is currently no drug available that can reduce the cardiac damage caused by an overshooting inflammation after reopening of a blocked coronary artery, the potential impact of our findings on cardiovascular health would be significant,” said Dr. Maria Wallert, a nutritional scientist and vitamin specialist from Jena University in Germany.
Vitamin E is not a single vitamin, it is a group of fat-soluble vitamins with antioxidant properties. Vitamin E supplement therapy is not only great for your cardiac health, but also supports immune function, improves eye health, lowers the risk for some cancers, and is great for hydrating your skin and wound healing. It is also an amazing natural anti-inflammatory.
The best way to get your vitamins is through your diet! Foods high in Vitamin E are avocados, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, corn and soybean oils and green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli. Some fish are also sources of vitamin E.
Some simple ways to incorporate vitamin E into your daily routine are:
- Top your toast with peanut butter, almond butter or sliced avocado instead of butter.
- Skip the mayo and add sliced avocado to sandwiches and salads.
- Keep a small portion (1/4 cup) of almonds or sunflower seeds to snack on throughout the day.
- Add what germ to smoothies, hot cereal, muffins and pancakes.
- Garnish salads with sunflower seeds, almonds, and top with avocado, tuna or salmon, then serve with dressing made with sunflower oil.
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