It’s important to know each of the vitamins and their role in our body. Moreover, it is critical to know where to get these vitamins in the way nature intended: Through our food. Supplements work but are manufactured and not as potent as the real deal. Moreover, there is no better way to get your nutrients than real food than either grew in the earth or walked on it (apologies to our vegetarians).
Vitamin E is critical for cellular health and membranes given its function as an anti-oxidant that neutralizes free radicals as part of the process of converting food to into energy. Anti-oxidant’s also help reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a major cause or interrelated with numerous health conditions prevalent in the recovery community such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Deficiencies manifest in lose of hemoglobin in red blood cells and muscle damage.
Vitamin E can be obtained through diet by eating the following foods: olive oil, green leafy vegetables (swiss chard, kale, collards), avocado, almonds, broccoli and kiwi.
For people in recovery Vitamin E is even more important as it is an anti-oxidant. Given years of abuse and putting toxins into our body’s, it is critical that we have a balanced diet which includes nature’s cancer fighting anti-oxidants.
Recommended reading: Food for Recovery, Dr. Joseph Beasley and Susan Knightly, Crown Trade Publishing, 1993, Nutritional Supplements, Joe Canon, MS, Infinity Publishing, 2008, The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism, Dr. Abram Hoffer and Dr. Andrew W. Saul, Basic Health Publications, 2008.
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