Vitamin E is a major antioxidant that protects against platelet stickiness and thins blood.
Why is this important for diabetics?
A high blood glucose level means your blood currently has a high amount of sugar in it. Sugary blood is obviously a lot thicker and stickier than regular blood. So, when it travels around your body it struggles to reach the ends of the capillaries and nerve endings. You may have become used to hearing about a friend of a friend's great aunt who was diabetic and lost a limb. However, if your sugar levels aren't controlled for a long period of time, this thick blood really does have grim repercussions. I won't get into these, as we know them.
On a positive note, we also know that trying to control our blood sugar will most certainly help us to live repercussion-free lives. However, note my use of the word 'trying'. There are 42 factors that affect blood sugar levels and living a spike and hypo free life is unrealistic. This is why I got so excited when I heard about the blood-thinning and anti-stickiness benefits of Vitamin E.
By thinning the blood and protecting against platelet stickiness, Vitamin E will improve your blood circulation around your body.
But that's not all. Some of its many other benefits include:
Helps to unclog arteries
Reduces risk and progression of cataracts
Correlates with lower risk of cancer: breast, cervix, colon, lung, throat, prostate etc
Boosts the immune system by increasing natural killer cells (cells with enzymes that can kill tumor or virus cells)
Slows aging and protects skin cells against UV damage (hence its use in cosmetics)
Vital in conception and healthy pregnancy
Improves male fertility
May ease PMS and hot flashes
Where can you get it?
Red Bell Peppers
Fresh Seeds- especially sunflower
Fresh Nuts- especially almonds
Wheat germ (this contains gluten)
Virgin olive oil
Full fat dairy products (Side note: Full-fat milk is much better for you than skimmed. Skimmed is stripped of all the vitamins like A, E and retinol.)
TIP: The husk of seeds and nuts is removed so that the seed can be edible. Once the husk is removed, the seed is exposed to air which damages them and removes vitamin E. Keep them in the fridge to maintain freshness.