If you are one of those knowledgeable bodybuilders who always thought that vitamin E had more to do with muscle growth than most cared to recognise…then congrats, research has just proven you right.
Vitamin E is a well-known antioxidant meaning it helps to buffer free- radicals which are destructive to our cells, including our muscle cells! New research has noted vitamin E’s ability to minimise the risk of free- radical induced cell spillage caused by the breakdown of the plasma membrane. This is a process that see’s the contents of a cell leak out leading to cell death…and this clearly isn’t conducive to GAINS!
If the cells in your muscles leak and fail to heal, then your muscles have little chance of growing, especially considering the muscle cells incur micro- tears during most forms of exertion. Part of growing muscle is causing muscle tearing and cell leakage, but if your body struggles to repair the plasma membrane of the muscle cell, then the training induced muscle tear is only going to lead to cell death… not what you need for muscle growth.
Be sure that you are getting adequate vitamin E in through your diet, good sources include broccoli, asparagus, bell peppers, kale, tomatoes, almonds, spinach and sunflower seeds (WHFoods, 2015).
If you fail to eat enough of these foods, then consider Health Aid Vitamin E.
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. "How vitamin E keeps muscles healthy." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 May 2015. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150519132635.htm