Benefits of Vitamin E

vitamin-EVitamin E is often referred to as a fat – soluble antioxidant, it has eight different nutrients but alpha – tocopherol is the most famous as it is heavily commercialized and widely studied. Vitamin E is best known for its ability to combat free radicals and because of this, it has become a key ingredient in most beauty products like skin care and make up.

Vitamin E is normally found in different types of fruits and vegetables as well as meat, chicken, eggs. However, sunflower seeds and almonds rank as the two richest source of vitamin E.

Perhaps the kind of vitamin that is most often associated with beauty, Vitamin E is a very common supplement for women who aim to achieve flawless, glowing skin. This is because of Vitamin E’s premiere feature, it is a rich source of antioxidants meaning when combined with oxygen it is able to counter free radicals at the same time protecting compound vitamins (for instance Vitamin A) from being damaged through oxidation. Vitamin E is also known for its moisturizing properties allowing the skin to look young, healthy and fresh. Among women, and in some cases, even men, Vitamin E is used to treat wrinkles as well as scars and acne because of two things, first is that it facilitates the cells to grow and repair itself and second is that it has anti – aging properties that enables the skin to look more youthful. It may also be used to treat sun burn.

But Vitamin E’s use and benefits are not only limited to beauty, it may also be used to treat heart ailments, mental degeneration and protect the eyesight. As it is a very good source of antioxidant, vitamin E has the capacity to protect the artery walls and limit the bad cholesterol from being oxidized just like how it functions with Vitamin A. When the bad cholesterol is oxidized, then the arteries may begin to be clogged. With sufficient vitamin E in the system, there is a significant decrease in the possibility of having a stroke or heart attack.

Vitamin E is also known to be an aid against cancer as it provides protection from damages that may possibly become cancerous. In addition to this, it also acts as an immune system booster. In a clinical study, it showed that vitamin E may help limit skin cancer that can be obtained through ultraviolet exposure.

Vitamin E may also be helpful in treating diabetes as it improves the performance of insulin at the same time helping stabilize the blood glucose metabolism. Also, vitamin E is known to protect the myelin sheaths that are covering the nerves, in this case it may also be of aid in health issues that concerns mental degeneration.

Some studies suggest that vitamin E may help prevent cataract as well as macular degeneration.

As a type of vitamin that is packed with antioxidants, vitamin E is truly versatile. It goes beyond making people look good but also aids in more serious health problems.

Posted on Sunday, February 15th, 2015 at 2:04 pm

What is Juicing?

Juicing1Losing weight has always been an interesting topic for many. Diets in the likes of Atkins, South Beach and Dukan keep on coming (and also going) as well as exercises that promise to burn x number of calories every hour. And so over the last couple of years, the concept of juicing was introduced. Like many of its predecessors, juicing aims to promote weight loss and fitness.

Known to many as healthy detox, juicing uses various types of fruits and vegetables blended together as the substitute for solid food. The idea is that you detoxify your organs from the chemicals and junk food that you have consumed by going all green and healthy as you juice. Many people find it enticing because of the idea that you lose the weight you don’t want but still get the nutrients that you need in the process. As the “food” is already pre – digested, you will be able to maximize the nutrients.

Among the most common juicing ingredients are kale, broccoli, banana, strawberry and spinach, as they are also known to be among the healthiest fruits and vegetables in the planet.

Aside from the fact that you still get your nutrients despite being on a diet, juicing is also known for enabling you to eat healthier amounts of fruits and vegetables in a much more efficient method. If you remember the food pyramid, it states that our diet should be largely comprised of fruits and vegetables, but given the demands of our day-to-day lives and the highly perishable fruits and vegetables, sticking to the recommended diet has become very challenging. With juicing, you can definitely be back on the food pyramid’s recommendation.

Perhaps another benefit of juicing is that it allows you to experiment. Unlike other types of diet that limits you from consuming different types of food, juicing actually gives you a lot of options and a lot of room to experiment as long as the ingredients are either fruits or vegetables. As such is the case you have more control over the type of food you eat and the nutrients that you receive.

The juicing programs are designed differently; some are made for just 3 days (normally for beginners) while the others are made for longer periods like 7 or 10 days for a more intense detox or for those who have already tried it in the past. Some just incorporate more juices into their diet.

Juicing however, does not guarantee weight loss. This may sound tricky but the truth is, you still have to watch what you eat, or in this case drink. First of all, some fruits contain more sugar than others; second it is best to use fresh fruits instead of using bottled juices (again because of higher sugar content), the idea is to go as healthy as possible and detox the body from all the toxins, excess sugar included.

While juicing, be very careful about cleaning the juicer and all equipment used in the process, from the knives to the boards and the like. Remember that you are using raw and unpasteurized products so making sure that they are clean is very important.

Posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Top 3 Uses of Olive Oil

olive oilIn the Mediterranean region, olive oil is a kitchen staple. It is a key ingredient in almost all dishes in countries like Italy and Greece. But aside from being the base for many cuisines, olive oil has many uses outside the kitchen. But before we explore how else it can be used, let’s first try to see why the Italians and Greeks put such a premium in incorporating this oil in their diet.

Several research suggest that the life expectancy in the Mediterranean region is higher compared to other parts of the world and this longer life span, they associate with olive oil. Olive oil comes from the fruit of the olive tree and it is rich in Monounsaturated fatty acids. When placed opposite saturated fat and trans fat, olive oil is definitely healthier. In a study from the University of Bordeaux led by Dr. Cécilia Samieri, they reported that the use of olive oil may prevent stroke among the elderly. According to Dr. Samieri and her team, the older folks who would regularly use olive oil both for cooking or for pairing with bread or for flavoring to their salad, had a lower risk of stroke as opposed to those who didn’t use it. The difference was 41%.

Aside from being such a delicious and healthy ingredient, olive oil is also a go – to beauty remedy. A lot of women use olive oil as a scrub, some would combine it with fine coffee grounds and lather up on their skin before taking a bath. The moisturizing effect of olive oil is lasting and very healthy for the skin; allergic reaction is also less likely to happen as it is all – natural. Others would use olive oil as a lip scrub. They would combine it with sugar and in some cases also include lemon juice, combining these three ingredients make an effective yet gentle lip exfoliator.

Olive oil also works well with hair. For women who have always wanted to have soft and glossy locks, olive oil might just be the perfect solution. See, it can be used in two ways, first as a conditioner and second as a leave – on serum. As a conditioning agent, it is best to apply warm olive oil to the hair and leave it there for about 30 to 45 minutes, after which, just wash with shampoo like usual and enjoy softer, more manageable hair. As a serum, just get a few drops straight from the bottle (yes, no need to warm or heat up) and apply to the hair. The fatty acids that comprise the olive oil will help coat and protect the hair making it softer and glossier. Olive oil also works for dandruff as it has natural moisturizing properties. Since dandruff is caused by dry scalp, just massage the oil into the scalp and let it do its magic. The key of course is to do this as necessary as possible or as soon as the scalp has recovered and is able to maintain its own moisture.

Posted on Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 6:02 pm