Vitamin E is an essential micronutrients, Vitamin E is a group of 8 fat soluble compounds that include 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols. It is a fat soluble vitamin which mean that, the human body need dietary fat to hold & absorb the Vitamin E. For proper functioning of Vitamin E we must have to include fats in our diet. There is also one extra advantage of fat soluble vitamin that our body can absorb and hold the Vitamin E for longer time inside our liver and fat tissues of our body. Likewise Vitamin E there is also other fat soluble vitamin like Vitamin A, D, and K.
FUNCTION OF VITAMIN E
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidant are those substance which prevent cells of our body from free radicals. For a clear cut understanding of how antioxidants works, we must first understand what free radicals are and how they operates in the body. Free radicals are toxic compounds that are naturally produced in the body as a by-product of metabolic oxidation and environment factors i.e pollution, stress, smoking, exposure to radiation etc and intense exercise also forms free radicals. Free radical are highly reactive species are formed when a negatively charged electron is lost from their chemical structure resulting in an unstable traitor that attacks tissue in search of a free electron. When free radicals are present in excess, they can be extremely damaging because they have the ability to attract electrons away from body cell membranes resulting in damaging effects, as well as an inability for the cell to adequately function. If our body do not destroy free radicals it will result in oxidative stress. And this oxidative stress can result in harm to our cells and cellular function etc.
To destroy the free radicals body need antioxidants. A one fact is that our body is capable of producing antioxidant on its own which is called endogenous antioxidants i.e glutathione, catalase, superoxide dismutase etc. these antioxidant can be produce by our body. But due to today’s modern lifestyle where consumption of junk foods are high, environmental pollution increasing day by day, competitive culture resulting in over stresses thats why the production of endogenous antioxidants is not sufficient to destroy the free radicals thus this results in huge concentration of free radicals which induces oxidative stress in our body, oxidative stress has all potential to give us dreadful diseases like cancer, stroke, heart attack, Alzheimer’s etc.
So to destroy the free radicals & it’s negative effects we have to consume antioxidant rich foods. When the topic comes over antioxidant, one of the most powerful antioxidant in it self is Vitamin E. Bottom line is that make sure you eat enough vitamin rich foods.
2. ENZYME ACTIVITY REGULATOR
Vitamin E increases the activity of enzymes mainly digestive enzymes i.e Vitamin E increase the production of Protein kinase C enzyme also know as “PKC” enzyme which results in smooth muscle growth.
3. AFFECTS GENE EXPRESSION
Our gene are the sequence of nucleotides of DNA or RNA. And the gene expression is something is a way how a genetical information pass through one generation to another, the Vitamin E helps it in an effective way. There is also a fact related to Vitamin E is that its discovery is result of a discovery of a substance that helps the fertilised egg to form a baby, thats why Vitamin E is also called as tocopherol whose meaning in greek language is “BIRTH”.
4. IMPROVE SKIN QUALITY
For an healthy, glowing skin Vitamin E is must because it moistures your skin, nourishes your skin, protect your skin from U.V radiation, and save your skin from the damage caused by free radicals.
5. REDUCE CHOLESTROL
A research published in functional foods in health and diseases that when you consume Vitamin E in adequate amount it reduces the LDL cholesterol level which is a bad kind of cholesterol because Vitamin E contains tocotrienols (TCT) which prevent the oxidation of cholesterol.
Adults (who do not lift weights): 15 mg per day Adults (who do lift weights): upto 1000 mg
NATURAL SOURCE OF VITAMIN E
Canola oil, palm oil, olive oil, almonds, spinach etc.
EVION TAB (It is available in 200 mg, 400 mg, and 600 mg)
Why bodybuilders need vitamin E?
When we participate in physical activity i.e bodybuilding and gymming our body undergoes two important phenomena which are:-
1. PLASMA MEMBRANE TEARING 2. OXYGEN BURNING
PLASMA MEMBRANE TEARING
As we all well know that when we do physical activities i.e lifting weights we tear our muscle cells, if we look more in terms of microscopic level we will find due to intense physical activities the plasma membrane of muscle cells get torn. The job of the plasma membrane is to protect the content of the cell from spilling out. Plasma membrane separates the interior of the cell from the outside environment, it is also a semi-permeable membrane which means it a kind of biological membrane which allows an only certain type of molecules or ions to move inside the cell i.e lipids. Each and every cell of the human body has its own plasma membrane. The plasma membrane has the nature to get damaged or torn due to mechanical stress i.e weight lifting. Whenever we contract or lengthen our muscles the plasma membrane of the cells got torn. If plasma membrane of the muscle cells not got recovered after the damage and this tearing continued for long durations it will lead to the death of muscle cells and the continual death of muscle cell will eventually lead to muscle wasting disease, in which the muscle mass get shrink, weaken and lost.
In order to save your muscle cell from death and prevent the muscle wasting diseases, we have to consume vitamin E in proper amount as vitamin E helps in quick and better recovery of the plasma membrane of the muscle cell after the damage. Research published in Radical Biology and medicine had proven that in order to recover damaged plasma membrane of the cells efficiently the vitamin E is the most essential component as vitamin E accommodate phospholipids, which is a major component of the plasma membrane of the cells.
As we perform physical activities, we need the energy to do it continually. The energy is generated by Mitochondria, a powerhouse of cells. Mitochondria are organelles found in the cytoplasm of most cells, it generates energy in the form of ATP to carry out the activities through respiration, and to regulate cellular metabolism. Mitochondria are like furnace it converts the energy in food molecules into the energy (ATP) the cell can use. During the conversion process, it uses oxygen to turn the energy food to usable energy (ATP) for the cell, during this the oxygen used is 95% is combined with hydrogen and rest 5 % remain free which form the free radicals. And when we do intense physical exercises we need energy in a much faster rate, (approx we consume 10 % more oxygen during exercise) so Mitochondria start utilizing more oxygen to produce ATP, thus as a by-product, a huge amount of free radical is formed. Free radicals are toxic compounds that are naturally produced in the body as a by-product of our own metabolism. Free radicals are formed when a negatively charged electron is lost from their chemical structure. The result is an unstable renegade that destructs tissue in search of a free electron. Free radicals can be extremely damaging because they have the ability to attract electrons away from body cell membranes resulting in damaging effects, as well as an inability for the cell to adequately function. Free Radicals are a highly reactive molecule, it will interact with and damage healthy cells. Oxidative Stress occurs when damaging power of Free Radicals spread from one cell to surrounding cells inflicting widespread damage. There are Oxidation Factors in our daily lives, such as poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, no physical exercises, stress, pollution, and aging. Oxidation also increases disease risks, like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and autoimmune disease. The most efficient way to counteract the damaging effects of free radicals is to "stabilize" or "neutralize" them and in order to stabilize them, we need to provide an electron which a free radical are in need. In order to finish the need of free radical a substance called antioxidant is come into play as it has that one extra electron. Once an antioxidant and a free radical come in to contact, the antioxidant will supply the free radical with an electron, thus repairing the chemical bond and returning stability to the molecule. Antioxidants can reverse the effects of oxidation, by way of Antioxidation. Our body has it’s own ability to produce antioxidant which is endogenous antioxidant i.e glutathione but due to the prevalence of oxidation factors, caused by huge production of free radicals due to intense physical activity in case of bodybuilders, it is very important to supply your body with a reservoir of antioxidants.when a term antioxidants coins in our mind the Vitamin E automatically is one of the solution, as vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. Daily consumption of vitamin E just after the intense workout session results in lowering the production of free radicals and saving your body from the destructive effects of free radicals.
Bottom Line: Consume vitamin E as it efficiently repair the plasma membrane of the muscle cells after being damaged due to physical activities and vitamin E neutralizes the free radical produced inside our body as it is being a powerful antioxidant. BEST DOSE for bodybuilders & gym goers:-600 mg EVION tab just after the workout.
Evion is a very popular supplement for vitamin E, it comes in capsule form. Evion is manufactured by a company named MERCK Limited. Evion capsule contains tocopheryl acetate, in general language tocopheryl acetate is also called vitamin E acetate. Tocopheryl acetate is an ester of acetic acid and tocopherol. As we well know that vitamin E is a group of 8 fat-soluble compounds in which 4 are tocopherol and 4 are tocotrienols. So the first point to notice about evion capsule is that in it the tocotrienols is completely absent.
Why the vitamin E is sold in the form of tocopheryl acetate?
Vitamin E is sold in the form of tocopheryl acetate because tocopheryl acetate is used as an alternative of tocopherol because in tocopheryl acetate the phenolic hydroxyl group is blocked due to which the product formed is less acidic and has longer shelf life, thus it becomes easy to market or sell the product because it will not get expired too early.
How does tocopheryl acetate work?
As we all well know that vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, means our body need dietary fats to absorb vitamin E. But as in case of acetate after getting absorbed by intestine it can be slowly hydrolyzed which means it can be break down by reacting with water. And after the breakdown of tocopheryl acetate, it will generate tocopherol which is an important compound of vitamin E, and tocopherol is an antioxidant, it will donate its one hydrogen atom to free radicals in order to make them stable.
There is also an interesting fact which is that the tocopherol has four types, which are alpha- tocopherol, beta- tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, and delta-tocopherol. In all four types only alpha-tocopherol can be absorbed and utilized by the human body & it can be maintained in our blood, rest all tocopherol is flushed out by the body through urine. If you consume Evion capsulE of 600mg, your body is only going to absorb 5% of it in the form of alpha-tocopherol. So if you consume a 600 mg evion capsule your body is going to have 30mg vitamin E in the form of usable alpha-tocopherol. If you want to consume alpha-tocopherol by natural means you can consume olive oil and sunflower oil, these two serve the best source for alpha-tocopherol.
Is evion can be applied on the face?
Evion is also quite very popular as dermatological product among people in order to remove the scar of the face, lightening of the face color but the truth is that it only gets absorbed 5 % by our skin. and there is no research documented yet which shows that vitamin E reduce scar and lighten up the skin color. In most of the skin care product in the market contains vitamin E and vitamin E is put in dermatological products in order to protect our skin from harmful Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. So if you want to use vitamin E as a skincare product is better to eat the vitamin E rich diet, as appealing the evion capsule on skin has only very limited benefit.
Bodybuilder, fitness freaks can consume Evion 600mg in their post-workout in order to provide quick antioxidant to the body to fight the free radicals formed during intense physical activity, and in order to quick & efficient recovery of the plasma membrane of the muscle cells. The normal person who does not participate in physical activities will consult with their doctor before consuming Evion capsule.