The Benefits of Vitamin E for PCOS and Fertility
What is Vitamin E
Vitamin E functions primarily as an antioxidant, protecting cell membranes from oxidative damage. Without vitamin E the body cannot reproduce.
A study performed in 1922, by Evans and Bishop, led to them identifying vitamin E as a crucial factor in successful reproduction in rats.
Antioxidants help protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals, helping to stop further damage from happening and in turn protecting the cells health, but the body needs a variety of antioxidants to do this.
Benefits of Vitamin E
Research has discovered that a dietary deficiency of vitamin E in laboratory animals can cause significant neurological impairment in developing embryos, as well as physical abnormalities and embryonic death. The study has suggested that one cause leading to this damage may be a deficiency of vitamin E, which plays a vital role in protecting levels of DHA, one of the most important of the omega-3 fatty acids that aid in brain and cellular development.
Research has correlated low DHA levels with less memory and intelligence, and one study in Bangladesh with vitamin E-deficient pregnant women showed a higher level of miscarriage.
Severeal studies have been conducted identifying the imporvemnts vitamin E can have on infetile women.
Increased Thickness For Thin Uterine Lining
Fertility and Sterility published a study in April 2010, examining whether a thin endometria can be improved by increasing uterine radial artery (uRA) blood flow. The study used vitamin E as supplementation for women, to use in the treatment cycle, who had a thin endometrium (<8 mm) and high RA-RI (≥0.81).
The results indicated great benefits and significant improvements of vitamin E supplementation for the fertility of women. Results show that vitamin E supplementation may be beneficial in increasing the thickness of the endometrium, 52% patients developed an endometrium of more than 8 mm, 72% of the women showed improved RA-RI (<0.81) and 20% patients conceived during the vitamin E treatment cycle.
Studies suggest the antioxidant effects of vitamin E can improve the endometrial response and problem of a thin endometrium.
Furthermore, however, studies identify the importance of reproductive function and health for both women and men. Vitamin E supplementation is believed to also aid in the fertility of men. Studies suggest that Selinium and Vitamin E can improve semen quality and sperm motility.
Improved Glucose Metabolism and Insulin Activity for PCOS and Diabetes
It is known that oxidative stress is concern and issue for many women who are trying to conceive but it also because a key issue when the women either has insulin resistant (PCOS) or diabetes. However, studies have shown that vitamin E can help in reducing oxidative stress and improve insulin action.
Research identifying that an oral vitamin E can aid in reducing oxidative stress, in turn resulting in improvements in cell membrane physical characteristics and related activities in glucose transport.
It is vital that you consult with your doctor before using vitamin E at higher levels as part of a diabetes management plan.
Sources of Vitamin E
It is always recommended that Vitamin E is consumed through eating food, a diet that is balanced and full of colorful and nutritious food will provide individuals with all their vitamins and minerals.
Foods that are rich in vitamin E are:
- Dark Leafy Greens (#1Cooked Spinach)
- Nuts (#1Almonds)
- Seeds (#1Sunflower Seeds, Roasted)
- Shellfish (#1Shrimp)
- Fish (#1Rainbow Trout)
- Plant Oils (#1Olive Oil)
- Broccoli (Cooked)
- Squash & Pumpkin (Cooked Butternut Squash)
- Fruits (#1Kiwifruit)
The recommended daily allowance of vitamin E for adults is 15 milligrams a day.
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