Monday, 12 April 2010

Vitamins and their sources - Vitamin E

Vitamin E

Many facial creams contain Vitamin E as an active ingredient. Not all forms of Vitamin E are of value. The body only recognises one form of Vitamin E. This can now be obtained from a natural source for use in creams so this week we are looking at this. An excellent natural source is argan oil which Sp use in our best selling frankincense hydrating and nourishing creams.

Vitamin E is known to be a powerful anti oxidative. When the body burns fat potentially damaging oxidative species are created in great numbers.

Below is a table of how to obtain daily requirements through nutrition. Some vegetable carrier oils used in aromatherapy serve as a good source of Vitamin E. For example Wheatgerm Oil we use as a preservative in our Carrier Oil Mix and creams but it is also an excellant source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is often deficient as even eating a whole tomato a day provides only 4% of daily requirements.

Vegetable carrier oils need to be used fresh as the value of the vitamins they contain declines over 18 months. Some carriers such as jojoba should never be consumed internally. Cosmetic and edible vegetable oils can differ markedly. Always read the label.

Food Milligrams (mg)
per serving Percent DV*

Wheat germ oil, 1 tablespoon 20.3 100%
Almonds, dry roasted, 1 ounce 7.4 40%
Sunflower seeds, dry roasted, 1 ounce 6.0 30%
Sunflower oil, 1 tablespoon 5.6 28%
Safflower oil, 1 tablespoon 4.6 25%
Hazelnuts, dry roasted, 1 ounce 4.3 22%
Peanut butter, 2 tablespoons 2.9 15%
Peanuts, dry roasted, 1 ounce 2.2 11%
Corn oil, 1 tablespoon 1.9 10%
Spinach, boiled, ½ cup 1.9 10%

Link to Food Standards Agency website

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