Since its discovery in 1922 Vitamin E has become generally regarded as one of the body most powerful, versatile, and useful anti-oxidants. And as such its importance should not be underestimated, because anti-oxidants are the principal defense against the free radicals which are responsible for much of the degeneration and consequent disease which afflicts the human body as it ages.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of vitamin E in protecting against and restricting the progression of cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis. Vitamin E also appears to have anticoagulant properties similar to the drugs prescribed for this purpose, and may therefore help to protect against the highly dangerous blood clots which can lead to stroke 0 still one of the main causes of premature death and disability in the western world.
Vitamin E is also needed in large quantities by the brain, the proper functioning of which is highly dependent on the efficient transmission of messages between cells through their fatty membranes. As a fat-soluble antioxidant, vitamin E is an important protector against the free radical damage to these cell membranes which may well be one of the principal causes of age-related vision loss and cognitive deterioration.