( Originally Published 1930's )
Because Vitamin E has not had the thorough clinical testing accorded other vitamins, it has not, here-to-fore received much attention. The original, and, still primary use of vitamin E is to prevent abortion. The lack of vitamin E permits the child, or animal, to be lost, or resorbed, instead of completing birth maturity.
Now, however, two physicians have made the discovery that Tocophoral E, a product ten times the strength of ordinary vitamin E capsules, is giving marvelous results as a muscle elasticity agent; that it is very beneficial for coronary thrombosis, angina pectoris, and other heart muscle constrictive diseases. Consult your physician about Tocophoral E.
Wheat germ is the best known source of vitamin E. In fact, many people believe that wheat germ is vitamin E. But vitamin E is only a vitamin found in wheat germ, and wheat germ oil. It is also found in other vegetable sources. Vitamin E is oil soluble and stored in the system for future use.
Biochemists have made tests in which a nutritional deficiency of vitamin E was deliberately created. This deficiency produced a sort of muscular weakness, resulting in a near paralysis of the muscles. When food, rich in vitamin E, was given to experimental animals, they very quickly regained muscular strength,and the signs of paralysis disappeared.
From the above, and similar experiments, it has become quite popular to take vitamin E for tired, aching muscles; for muscular let-down. This means that any person who enters into unfamiliar work, or work of a more strenuous nature than usual, may bolster their muscle failure, and perhaps keep down "that weak feeling" by taking a few vitamin E capsules a day.
It has been assumed from these various experiments that vita-min E acts as a catalytic agent in the absorption and use of protein foods. You know, of course, that protein food supplies you with the red cells which replace muscle tissue. Daily activity wears out muscle cells. Vitamin E is supposed to cause their protein muscle replacement cells to be absorbed more quickly and more surely.
One biochemist claims that a better absorption of vitamin A takes place when vitamin E is given with it. Perhaps vitamin E can be given credit as a non-specific vitamin, acting as a causative, or a catalytic agent. If so, it is a causator of the causative, because all vitamins are causative actors in the absorption of minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrate foods, the real factors of body maintenance and repair.
Wheat germ oil is the richest source of vitamin E. However, most seed oils contain vitamin E, and of course the seeds from which oil is obtained. Lettuce and alfalfa also contain fair amounts of vitamin E. The orange and banana contain smaller amounts.
A more recent claim for the use of vitamin E carries out the muscle benefit assertion. Huge doses of vitamin E restore flexibility to knotted tendon muscles which draw and stiffen the fingers and toes.