There has been a great deal of attention toward free radicals in recent years with a lot of concern about how they influence our health. Free radicals are any molecule that carries an unpaired electron. Since electrons like to be in pairs, these molecules are unstable and will forage the body to seek out other electrons that can cause damage to other cells. Free radicals are created either from normal metabolic processes in the human body or from external sources like cigarette smoking, air pollutants, and industrial chemicals.
Oxidative stress occurs when the number of free radicals is greater than the body’s antioxidant defenses. An excess of oxidative stress has been postulated in several health conditions including age associated loss of brain function and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease.
Vitamin E is a major component in our antioxidant defense system that is exclusively obtained from our diet. Vitamin E is a collective name for a group of fat-soluble compounds with antioxidant activity and can be found mostly in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and leafy greens. While these fat-soluble vitamins are important for vision, reproduction, skin, and immunity, the effects they have on brain health are striking.
Vitamin E serves as a free radical scavenger. It acts as the first line of defense protecting cell membranes from free radial attack. Research shows that cumulative free radical damage to neurons over time contributes to cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases. It has been demonstrated that supplementation with antioxidant Vitamin E provides brain protection and slows cognitive decline over time, that is related to oxidative stress.
Inadequate levels of Vitamin E will interfere with cellular function and greatly affect the central nervous system. Both Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) are associated with low plasma levels of Vitamin E. Likewise, high levels of vitamin E are associated with reduced risk of AD.
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Stacy Cappadona MS, RD, CSCS received her BS in Exercise Science and MS in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from Florida State University. She has worked with athletes of all ages, active duty military personnel, and is now serving the communities in Southern Oregon at an all inclusive Wellness Club.