Urgent! “Slight Edge Performance” Sport Nutrition Tip of The Day! Almonds,Asparagus,Hazel nuts, Mangoes and Sweet Potato are all great sources of VITAMIN E! Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant that protects cell membranes and lipid structures from oxidative damage. Athletes need to understand that their body requires a wide variety of antioxidants to deal with the many different types of free radicals that are released during energy production. Athletes need to ensure that they have an adequate intake of a wide variety of effective antioxidants to compromise free radical production. The question that arises is how effectively can athletes defend against the increased free radicals resulting from exercise? Do athletes need to take extra antioxidants? The words antioxidant, free radicals and oxidative damage are commonly thrown around by the media. However, few individuals actually understand what they mean. Free radicals are produced when break down fat, protein or carbohydrates for energy. The health benefits of vitamin E come from its antioxidant properties. Immunity levels improve when vitamin E is consumed. Another important benefit of vitamin E is that it reduces cholesterol and the risk of developing cancer. Research indicated that supplements containing vitamin E and C, may be effective at preventing oxidative damage in those participating in extreme endurance events. Vitamin E thins the blood which is another significant health benefit. In other words, it prevents the blood platelets from clumping. High levels of vitamin E reduce the risk of sunstroke and coronary artery disorder or heart disease. Another widely known health benefit of vitamin E is in skin care and hair care. Owing to its antioxidant properties, vitamin E promotes the circulation of blood to the scalp. Vitamin E helps alleviate fatigue and strengthen capillary walls while nourishing the cells.
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