March 22, 2013
Does vitamin E really fight aging?
One of the changes that occurs in our bodies as we age is that our cell membranes become stiffer. In the case of your red cells, they get less flexible. This process increases blood viscosity (the thickness of your blood). The thicker your blood, the harder it is to flow through your tiniest capillaries.

Believe it or not, your capillaries are actually smaller in diameter than a red cell. The red cell must fold to get through. If your red blood cells are too stiff, they can't get through. This backs up your circulation.

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But a new study shows how you can soften your red blood cells and improve your circulation.

This study looked at aged rats, red cell flexibility, and vitamin E status. The researchers found that vitamin E supplements improved red blood cell flexibility, oxidative stress index, and decreased total oxidant stress status. The aged rats also had lower vitamin E status indicating perhaps less absorption of the nutrient.

The researchers concluded that blood rheology (flow) impairs with age and that vitamin E can help improve blood flow. They believe it does so by reducing oxidative stress on cell membranes.

Your health is largely determined by the health of your cell membranes. As you age, membranes become stiffer. This is likely because vulnerable fatty acids oxidize. And then they accumulate in your body.

This study shows that vitamin E might help prevent or reverse stiff cell membranes. So make sure you're getting ample vitamin E. If you're already taking Healthy Resolve, you're likely getting adequate vitamin E. But if you think you need more, I like both Carlson's and Unique E. You can find both of these at any health food store and online.

In addition to taking vitamin E, consider taking the supplement PhosChol. It provides undamaged essential phospholipids, which are critical for maintaining youthful and healthy membranes. I also like Advanced EFA Formula for providing unadulterated fatty acids. You can order Healthy Resolve, PhosChol, and Advanced EFA Formula from Advanced Bionutritionals.

Source: Folia Biologica, 58:4 2012 pg 157-65.

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