Vitamin E is primarily an antioxidant and is one of five members of the body’s antioxidant network. It is often used to help keep skin healthy and youthful, protecting it against UV damage and helping to heal wounds.
Vitamin E also has many benefits for heart health. Vitamin E is not just one molecule, but a complex of eight different “vitamers” (four tocopherols and four tocotrienols). The benefits of all 8 members of the vitamin E family cannot be ignored. For example, gamma-tocopherol and gamma-tocotrienol may be involved in helping to regulate blood pressure. In addition, people with low gamma-tocopherol have been found to have a higher incidence of prostate problems and cognitive decline.