This next nutrient like zinc also enhances your absorption and the ability for your body to use vitamin A.
It is also one of the strongest anti-oxidants. But not just any anti-oxidant. This anti-oxidant protects lipids or fats from oxidation. It will protect the highly volatile cod liver oil and other EFA fats you are taking from oxidation.
For these reason it plays another critical role for acne sufferers.
This nutrient has been known as the “beauty vitamin” because of its ability to help protect your skin from oxidation (aging).
What is it?
It’s another fat-soluble vitamin known as vitamin E.
Vitamin E is found in foods such as:
- wheat germ oil
- sunflower seeds
- most raw nuts and seeds
- green leafy vegetables
- sweet potatoes
- blackstrap molasses
- raw honey
You can eat nuts and seeds and wheat germ oil, but for acne sufferers too much of these foods cause problems. The biggest of which is inflammation from excess omega 6 fats. Don’t worry about this now. I’ll cover it more later on. What is important for you to understand is that you can’t really rely on nuts and seeds (or even wheat germ oil) as your primary source of vitamin E.
I’ll give you my preferred concentrated food source of vitamin E in a moment.
Vitamin E come in 8 different forms known as tocopherols. These include alpha, beta, gamma, delta, zeta, theta, eta, and epsilon.
Most vitamin supplements come in a form known as D-alpha tocopherol. However, vitamin E in whole-foods sources usually includes a mix of these tocopherols. This is another reason I prefer whole-food sources of vitamins whenever possible. That why you get a more natural spectrum of the nutrients.
My preferred concentrated food source of vitamin E tocopherols for acne sufferers is red palm oil (not red palm kernel oil, they are 2 separate oils).
Why red palm and not wheat germ oil? Well, wheat germ oil is a good fat. A little a day would give you loads of vitamin E. But the problem with it for acne sufferers is too much can cause an excess of the inflammatory omega 6 fats. And that can aggravate acne.
Red palm does contain omega 6, but not nearly as much. It’s not only rich in vitamin E, but it’s also rich in carotenoids (vitamin a pre-cursors). And you already know just how important vitamin A is for acne sufferers.
But because it’s the pre-cursor vitamin A carotenoids that do not build up in your systems you don’t run any risk of getting a toxic dose of vitamin A from the red palm oil.
So you can see that red palm oil gives you not only vitamin E to protect cod liver oil and other EFA fats and maximizes the absorption of vitamin A, but also it gives you extra protection in a way ensuring that you get your necessary vitamin A dose without any risk of vitamin A toxicity.
It also carries with it loads of other concentrated nutrients that will benefit your skin.
Your best sources of red palm oilWhat seems to be key is not heating the oil too much while extracting the oil. Too my heat can destroy the vitamin E. So you want to be sure to get a source that has been extracted at very low heat.
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But isn’t palm oil bad for me? And won’t it make me fat?
Listen, I bought into all that crap to. The truth is not only is red palm oil good for you, but it enhances your metabolic rate, actually helping you lose weight.
Tropical oils such as red palm oil and coconut fat where attacked viciously by the vegetable fat industry pushing canola oil, margarine, and other harmful fats on the public as “healthy” alternatives to saturated fats.
They launched a carefully orchestrated smear campaign against tropical fats. And they had studies that “proved” it.
All the “studies” that “proved” tropical oils raised cholesterol where conducted using hydrogenated palm and coconut fat.
Hydrogenated fat of any kind will raise cholesterol levels. Clearly these studies were designed to push an agenda.
Some of the healthiest, long-lived cultured with the softest most beautiful skin have one thing in common… liberal amounts of coconut and palm fats in their diet.
Not only that, these cultures are naturally thin and lean without dieting.
Why? Because tropical oils support thyroid function which supports a healthy metabolic rate. They also help to balance out blood sugar levels and a host of other factors that aid in weight-loss.
The bottom line…Tropical fats are healthy fats that will not only help in heart disease but also help you to maintain a healthy lean body mass.
But don’t believe a word I say. Do your own research and test it yourself.
Be careful to avoid the agendas. Don’t buy into the propaganda.
I get hot under the collar talking about it. I mean, seeing what special interests have done to our food supply, not to mention our health epidemic, gets to me all riled up, mad as hell. But that’s another topic for another time.
Just be aware. There are a lot of special interesting pontificating bad “health” advice to push through their agenda. Many trusting individuals fell for it and are paying the price.
That is wrong. And it must change.
The best way to bring about some change is to bring some truth to the situation. I hope that’s what I’m dong here.
So what’s the bottom line…?
Add red palm oil and tropical oils like coconut fat to your diet. They are healthy fats and will help you with your acne condition (not to mention weight-loss and long-term benefits for heart-disease).
How much do you need daily?Well, that depends…
You see vitamin E is a strong anti-oxidant for fats. It mops up those nasty free radicals that damage fats. The more easily oxidized fats (cod liver oil, fish oils, krill oil, any EFA fats) you ingest the more vitamin E your body is going to require to protect these fats.
So by taking these highly oxidizable fats such as cod liver oil (which you should be, especially if you suffer acne) you’re increasing your body’s need for vitamin E.
More volatile fats in your diet = greater need for vitamin E.
So if you’re ingesting 1-2 tablespoons of cod liver oil per day I would suggest at least 400 I.U. per day of vitamin E. Now don’t stress about getting the numbers perfect. Just get it in the ballpark.
A little wheat germ oil (a teaspoon or so, not more) combined with plenty of red palm oil per day (3-4 tablespoons or more per day) should be enough to give you your vitamin E dose.
Find ways to incorporate it in your diet. I simply add it to foods.
To recap…So far you understand just how important vitamin A is. And some of your best sources as acne sufferer for vitamin A is cod liver oil and butter.
You realize you can compound the effects of vitamin A with zinc and vitamin E. In addition to that vitamin E protects cod liver oil from oxidation.
But I can’t get red palm oil or wheat germ oil. What about a supplement or pill?
Well, if that is what you’re looking for there are a few things you need to be aware of…
Supplemental vitamin E – What you need to know…Vitamin E in pill form often comes in a synthetic form known as D1-alpha tocopherol. This in my opinion is toxic to your body. It was derived from what amounts to motor oil. The same stuff you pour in your engine.
You can’t ingest oil that has not come from a plant or animal and expect to get what your body needs. You just can’t.
So for all your vitamin sources avoid synthetic derivatives. Get whole-food sources.
And if you can’t get that be sure the vitamin was derived from a plant or animal source NOT petroleum or petroleum by-products.
Red palm and a little wheat germ oil are your best bets for whole-foods sources of vitamin E as an acne sufferer. If you can’t get that and you’re looking for a vitamin E supplement look for D-alpha tocopherol and/or a mixed tocopherol vitamin supplement NOT synthetic D1-alpha tocopherol.
To summarize…You need vitamin A as an acne sufferer. You can compound the effects of vitamin A with zinc and vitamin E. Your best sources of vitamin E are red palm oil and a little wheat germ oil (not more then a teaspoon a day).
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