Scientists claim to have uncovered the first evidence for one of vitamin E’s normal bodily functions.
The team of researchers found that the powerful antioxidant – found in most foods – helps to repair tears in the membranes that protect cells from outside forces, and also screen what enters and exit the cells.
The team said that vitamin E appears to be essential to repair of plasma membranes – notin taht century-old animal studies linked vitamin E deficiency to muscle problems, but how that happened remained a mystery until now.
The study showed that vitamin E treatment in an animal model of diabetes restored some membrane repair ability. Also, an analogue of the most biologically active form of vitamin E significantly reversed membrane repair deficits caused by high glucose and increased cell survival after tearing.