My Post-menopausal Friend – Vitamin E!

I am 63 years now. Around 20 years ago, when I was 40, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I had to undergo a surgery for the removal of my uterus and ovaries. If you may be aware, removal of the ovaries induces immediate menopause symptoms in the body. Unlike how the body gradually undergoes changes during a natural menopause process, in my case, it was brought in a few hours post the surgery. Soon after the surgery, the level of estrogen, which the ovaries produce, went down below the optimum levels. As a result, my body began to starve for all the nice things that this hormone does to a healthy physiology. There was severe dryness of skin and unusual hair fall. Leg cramps pinned me down often, and not to mention, the constant tiredness.

Watch below, my video about the role of Vitamin E in menopause.

That’s when my gynecologist prescribed #Evion! Evion is a capsule that contains Vitamin E. In general, most of us are aware about carrots and Vitamin A, lemon and oranges and Vitamin C, Calcium and Vitamin D and Vitamin B complex. However, if asked about Vitamin E, we may pause and think and keep thinking because not many of us are aware of what this mighty Vitamin does to our health. Perhaps, we know to an extent of the role of Vitamin E for our skin and hair, but we may hardly know anything beyond. Until my doctor suggested Evion, I wasn’t aware of the importance of Vitamin E either.

By a general study from a book, (I am talking about a pre-Google time 😛 ), I learnt why I must regularly take Vitamin E in my diet. Strangely, I still have the copy of the book 🙄

book on vitamins

I would like to share here a few essential facts about Vitamin E, from this book, and specifically about how it has helped my post menopause phase.

  • Our body cells are subjected to destruction by free radicals. And Vitamin E has the potential to fight against free radicals. Thus it helps in the healthy functioning of the body.

Yes, any general Google search can give this information. However, do we all really understand what a free radical is, what an antioxidant is and how Vitamin E can be a good antioxidant? 

If you have a basic background in science, you will know that an atom with an unpaired electron is what we call a free radical. What happens at the molecular level is that, these atoms with the unpaired electron on the outer shell, in no time will begin to attack its neighbouring atoms which are stable. That means, the stable atom is robbed off of one of its electrons and consequently, the robbed atom becomes a free radical. Now, the newly formed free radical begins to attack another neighbouring stable atom. This process, like a chain reaction, disrupts the healthy structure of the molecule these atoms would form together. So, if this molecule was a part of an important element for our health, say a cell, a tissue or a protein, it is going to be ultimately destroyed.

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are molecules which can generously donate an electron. And most importantly, they themselves will not become free radicals in the process. They have the unique property to remain stable with or without that single electron. Now that makes sense, doesn’t it? Antioxidants react with the existing free radicals in our system and stops the disruptive chain reaction, thus protects our cells, tissues and proteins from damages.

The fact here to understand is that Vitamin E is the highest source of naturally found antioxidants! If you can visualize what Vitamin E does, you can connect the dots; for instance, free radicals – cell damage – dry skin/uncontrolled hair fall – Vitamin E – antioxidants – neutralize free radicals – revert the cell damage. 

  • Vitamin E dilates our blood capillaries and allows blood to flow freely through the blood stream. An unclogged blood circulation takes care of half the health by itself.

vitamin e benefits

Coming back to my premature menopause phase, taking “Evion Supplements” greatly helped me to get back to my healthy self. I assume there must have been several more benefits that happened silently; I am listing here the apparent, marked changes that I could witness pre and post taking Evion:

#1 Vitamin E reverted my skin back to its healthy state. It is like a natural moisturizer which keeps the skin moist in the most natural way.

#2 Vitamin E helped me to control the thinning of my hair. It restored my strong, thick, healthy hair I had nurtured for ages.

#3 The leg cramps I used to suffer from got completely healed. Infact, inspite of sitting for long hours in the Padmasana posture, I no more experience leg cramps.

#4 Most importantly, I started to feel energetic inspite of the loads of home chores I did everyday.

#5 Though I am 60+, I look a little under 60 😛 Atleast that is what some people say. No wonder Vitamin E is called the anti-ageing factor!

vitamin e benefits

What is to be noted is that, we need to incorporate regular intake of Vitamin E in our everyday diet. Over the years, I have switched from Evion to nuts, spinach and avocado  for Vitamin E source in my weekly food intake. Though there are a few other fruits and food which are rich in Vitamin E, these three are the ones I rely on because I personally like them and also it is readily available in my place. Supplements are essential when the body undergoes a sharp drop in the vitamin levels. However, after a period of good health with the supplements, it is recommended to include them in the regular diet.

Thanks to Evion, it is making the lives of several women like me healthy and energetic!

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Author: vedvyash

Writing is something that helped me discover the creativity and the expressionism that was hidden under the deep layers of my soul. And me!

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