Omitting the extended biology lesson, simply, the body produces cellular waste every day, AKA free radicals. If you have an adequate supply, Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals before they can harm healthy cells. But, of course, that is not its only job.

In normal every day usage, muscle cells tear, just a little bit. It’s a normal process. If you exercise regularly this happens too. In membrane repair, Vitamin E acts like a bandage for the cell, preventing cell contents from spilling out.

Vitamin E has been around for quite a while, and this is the first time it has been studied at the cellular level. Rats were fed a normal diet with and without Vitamin E, and exercised on a treadmill. Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia found that the rats without Vitamin E were not running as well as their counterparts. When the muscles were examined, they found damage in the cells without the vitamin.

In diseases like muscular dystrophy, where muscles are weakened and fragile, Vitamin E may show promise.

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