The significance of Vitamin E

Posted on: 05 June 2015 by 50connect editorial

A healthy intake of Vitamin E in your diet can help your skin cope with oxidative stress by UV-radiation, ozone and chemicals

Vitamin E important to skin health

Environmental factors such as UV-rays and ozone can easily harm the largest human organ. Among the most important protecting substances which human skin is provided with, is vitamin E. 

Dr. Jens J. Thiele, from the Institut für Physiologische Chemie (Institute for Physiological Chemistry) of the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf has investigated the significance of vitamin E in the horny layer of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin to you and I) and how it spreads in human skin.  

His studies have proved that vitamin E is the most important antioxidant for the entire skin network, but in particular outer layer of the skin. This horny layer has a tough job because of its border position between environment and human body.  It is subject to detrimental environmental factors to an extreme degree. This dermal layer is a two-compartment system of protein-rich, anuclear structural cells, the corneocytes, embedded in a matrix from multiple lipid-double layers, the lipid bi-layers. These epidermal lipids perform the function of preventing dehydration, and act as an anti-penetration barrier for the entering of foreign substances into skin. As the lipid layer mainly consists of cholesterol-free fatty acids and ceramides, this structure is especially susceptible to oxidative detriments. Composition and structure of this layer, however, are extremely important for its barrier function.

Thiele was able to prove by his studies that skin reacts in a more intense way to oxidative stress by UV-radiation, ozone and chemicals if there is a lack of vitamin E. In order to keep your skin youthful and strong, Vitamin E is vital. Vitamin E protects against environmental factors and supplements can be purchased from chemists and health food shops. 


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