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Vitamin E

‘Ouch! S***, f***!’ I yelled as I burned myself while ironing mine and my kid’s clothes.

After unplugging the iron and placing it somewhere where the kids couldn’t reach it, I immediately ran to my kitchen cupboard where I keep my first aid kit.

Puncturing a Vitamin E capsule, I placed the oil on the burned area of my skin and felt a relief from the pain straight away. It was a minor burn and through applying it often, it was completely healed within two days.

A clinical study carried out by Haberal and colleagues in 1988 concluded that Vitamin E largely stimulated both cellular and humoral immunity. Therefore, they recommended it to all burned victims (Clark, 1999).

Recent studies also show that burned children who were supplemented with Vitamin E took significantly fewer days to heal compared to unsupplemented children.

Furthermore, Vitamin E has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of wounds, including surgical related ones by effectively stimulating its healing (Herndon, 2017). It is suggested for preventing and treating post-injury scars and reducing their cosmetic appearance.

Vitamin E possesses anti-inflammatory properties, similar to those of steroids. As an antioxidant it reduces injury to the wound and helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals (Foster, 2012). Additionally, it helps to widen blood vessels and keep blood from clotting within them (NIH, 2016).

This is why whenever my children graze their knees and arms I apply Vitamin E oil on the injury which tends to be completely cured within three days. Similarly, when I accidentally cut myself with a kitchen knife or a razor blade when shaving my legs I put it on the wound.

According to the National Institute of Health the deficiency of this vitamin in our body results in nerve and muscle damage. It is also linked to causing diseases in which fat is not properly absorbed, such as Crohn’s disease and cystic fibrosis (NIH, 2016).

Discovered by Evans and Bishop in 1922, it is a fat-soluble nutrient found in many foods (Eitenmiller, 2004). Vitamin E rich foods include (NDTV, 2012):

  • Spinach

  • Avocado

  • Sunflower seed

  • Almond

  • Broccoli

It is also available as a dietary supplement which can be bought in pharmacies and online.

I have used the following brands:

- Lamberts Vitamin E

- Vitamin E-Mepha Kaps 30 Stk

- Burgestein Vitamin E

- VE 150 Tecnifar

Overall, I find the healing properties of Vitamin E very effective.

References and suggested books to read about this subject:

Herndon, D. (2017). Total Burn Care. 5th ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier, p.277.

Clark, C. (1999). Encyclopedia of complementary health practice. New York, NY: Springer, pp.147, 148.

Foster, J. (2012). Management of Complex Wounds, An Issue of Critical Care Nursing Clinics. London: Elsevier Health Sciences, pp.189, 190.

Eitenmiller, R. and Lee, J. (2004). Vitamin E. New York: Marcel Dekker, p.1, 119.

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