Vitamin E And Dairy Products
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Vitamin E is found in milk in small quantities. Two hundred milliliters of skimmed milk contains around 0.04mg of Vitamin E. It is also present in other dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt, albeit in small quantities. The vitamin plays a vital role in the body by protecting the cell membranes. It is also an antioxidant and helps in reducing the risks of various types of cancer.
Vitamin E consists of 8 soluble compounds which are also found in nature. Some of them are tocopherol, and four other tocotreinols. Tocopherols are the most active component of the vitamin and are found widely in nature. Tocopherol is a term that has been derived from Greek and it means childbirth. Vitamin E plays a large role during childbirth also. People have recognized its importance in early days. It also plays a role in reproduction of a number of animal species. The end “ol” also suggest it has some amount of alcohol.
Only recently modern humans have recognized the importance of Vitamin E. the deficiency of Vitamin E is not clear like other vitamins. For example, deficiency of Vitamin C causes scurvy, while deficiency of Vitamin E causes rickets. There are not clear indications as to what deficiency Vitamin E causes. However, the vitamin has several crucial roles to play.
It has lipid soluble that stop the free radicals from proliferating in the body. Free radicals form when the body is exposed to toxic agents like cigarette smoking, pollution and so on. Vitamin is inside the cellular membranes, and it prevents the oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids which are present inside the cell membranes. It even protects the lip proteins from free radical oxidation.
Non antioxidant functions of tocopherol have been recognized in a lab. Vitamin E also prevents platelets collection and increases vasodilatation. This is helpful for people with high cholesterol. Vitamin E stays for a long time and depletion of it takes very long time. The deficiency of Vitamin E does not show any clear symptoms in adult. The symptoms of Vitamin E are noticed in a complicated fashion like people with fat malabsorption problems or some liver diseases show the deficiency. Also, some people who suffer from genetic defects and transfer of proteins within the body cells also show a deficiency in Vitamin C. However, the deficiency is recognized only after the disease is identified.
Deficiency of Vitamin E can also lead to neuropathy, muscle weakness and retinopathy. There are some early indicators of the deficiency include muscle leakage and an increase in the levels of lipid protein oxidization. Hence, consuming milk and dairy products regularly can prevent deficiency of the vitamin.
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