NOOTROPICS 101 – What’s With The Vitamin E In My Supplements?

Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, diet gurus preached the virtues of the fat-free diet. Because oils are so calorie dense, it was argued that if you cut out fat, you cut down calories. This, in theory, would keep down your weight. These days, we know that isn’t true. If you follow the Mediterranean, Bulletproof, or Ketogenic Diet, you know how important healthy fats are to avoiding weight gain and disease-causing inflammation. You’ll also know how much healthy fats contribute to the health of our brains.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant crucial to ongoing brain health. But it is fat soluble. Your body can only absorb Vitamin E – and any other fat soluble nutrient – in the presence of fat. So, you can develop deficiencies of vitamin E if you don't get enough fat in your diet. A 2014 study in FASEB Journal points to more than 90% of Americans getting less the the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E. The the myth of the fat free diet still lingers.

Although the brain only uses glucose for fuel, antioxidants like as Vitamin E protect the brain from oxidative damage. As the brain ages (and in the case of some neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s) normal antioxidant defense mechanisms decline. This increases the vulnerability of the brain to the oxidative damage. Not only does Vitamin E prevent this damage, it also supports the brain in utilizing DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). DHA is a polyunsaturated fatty acid found in fish oil.

DHA supports neurotransmitter activity by increasing the number of neurotransmitter receptors, allowing the brain to optimize the use of serotonin and dopamine. Studies performed by the Clinical Research Center for Mental Health in Antwerp, Belgium and the University of Wollongong found patients suffering from major depression had lower Vitamin E serum concentrations than those without major depression. Other studies have shown that taking large quantities of fish oil – containing DHA – can combat depression. A Linus Pauling Institute study on Zebrafish showed that depleted Vitamin E stores in the body drain DHA containing lipids in the brain. It looks as if the antioxidant qualities of Vitamin E are what allows DHA to work its magic.

Most of our capsules contain Vitamin E in the form of alpha tocopherol. Alpha tocopherol is the most biologically active form of Vitamin E, meaning that it is most readily absorbed by the body. Although synthetic versions of Vitamin E are available – and cost less – they don’t have the same potency or effect. Although it may seem like a good idea to spend less to buy more of the synthetic version, we believe you get what you pay for. (See our recent post on buying quality supplements.)

Not only is Vitamin E beneficial to our brains, it can heal our skin, thicken our hair, improve vision and balance hormones. Our products are made with the highest quality ingredients including Vitamin E in the form of alpha tocopherol. We make sure that you not only get the limitless high you’re looking for but that you feel benefits for days and days after.

Are you looking for a daily, natural mood booster but don't want to fry your brain or lungs? It's time you met SHEA.

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