Did you know that over 100 million Americans aren't getting enough vitamin E in their diet? The reason is due to a condition that prevents your body from absorbing the vitamin. Fortunately, there's an easy — and surprising — way to help your body absorb more of it.
The condition that's causing this massive vitamin deficiency epidemic is metabolic syndrome. As you may know, doctors identify this condition when you have three out of these five factors: excess belly fat, elevated blood pressure, low "good" cholesterol (HDL), high blood sugar, or high levels of triglycerides. All of these significantly increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
The researchers in a new study said that the estimated 35% of all Americans have metabolic syndrome — over one-third of us. And almost all of these people aren't absorbing enough vitamin E from their diet. That leaves them open for serious health issues just from the deficiency. If you don't have enough vitamin E in your body, it can cause anemia, brain damage, cataracts, low libido, gastrointestinal diseases, leg cramps, and weak muscles. And that's just to name a few of the problems it can cause.
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You don't want to be deficient in vitamin E.
So how can you fix the problem? The researchers had one easy way to help your body absorb more vitamin E — and it's a little surprising. All you have to do is drink cow's milk.
You read that right! Drinking cow's milk, even skim milk, helps your body absorb the vitamin better. I'm assuming they tested regular, store-bought milk, not raw cow's milk. So there wasn't anything special about the milk. I'm a little suspicious of this "fix," as the National Dairy Council funded the study. But the results seem legitimate.
I'm not a big fan of store-bought cow's milk. But if you want to drink a little with your vitamin E supplement, it's better than being deficient in this vitamin (unless you're allergic to the milk). If you can find raw cow's milk, that would be preferable. Better yet, I suggest you take a different form of vitamin E, as it might solve this problem without drinking cow's milk.
The form I suggest is tocotrienols. This form is proven to reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol, improve good cholesterol, protect your heart, and lower blood pressure. This one nutrient alone could help you beat metabolic syndrome. If you have this condition, it's highly likely you're deficient in vitamin E. So make sure you're taking plenty of tocotrienols, such as those found in Delta Tocotrienols.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.