Everything You Need to Know About: Vitamin E

November 24, 2021 | Naturopathic Medicine

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals and slow the oxidative process.   Free radicals can damage cells and genetic material and cause skin aging, cancer and chronic inflammation. What is Vitamin E?Unlike other micronutrients like B Vitamins or Vitamin D that are not easily accessible in foods,  Vitamin E is common in most American diets.  Good food sources for Vitamin E include:Wheat germEggsNuts & seedsDark leafy greensSweet potatoesAvocados & asparagusVitamin E is an antioxidant complex formed by two components: tocopherols and tocotrienols.  Both forms of Vitamin E have many health benefits.  Read more about tocopherols and tocotrienols below.  Tocopherols & Tocotrienols‘Mixed tocopherols’ are even used as a preservative in food because they slow the oxidative process and extends shelf life.  Vitamin E deficiency can only be addressed with tocopherols.  Deficiencies are rare and usually only occur in people with other health conditions that impair the absorption of … Continued

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Balancing Hormones for Every Woman

February 2, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

PMS and menopause are a challenge for every woman at some point.  While symptoms of PMS or menopause can be difficult to manage, understanding the many factors that are at play give you the tools to cope.  As a naturopathic doctor, I use natural methods to help balance hormones.Cholesterol and HormonesCholesterol is often high during peri-menopause and menopause to compensate for the decreasing levels of other hormones in the body, such as estrogen.  Cholesterol is needed to make both sex and adrenal hormones. Hormones are the messengers of the endocrine system, and cholesterol is key to transporting hormones to the correct receptor sites on the cells.  If you have low cholesterol, your body isn’t able to transport hormones efficiently, and if you have high cholesterol you may not have enough hormones getting into your cells.   Low hormonal levels caused by cholesterol imbalance can result in symptoms such as fatigue, … Continued

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