How Does Vitamin E Work to Help with Muscle Repair?
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and is an antioxidant. It is believed that its’ antioxidant properties aid with muscle repair by removing destructive by-products from the body. Because Vitamin E is fat-soluble it can actually attach itself to the muscle membrane to prevent free radical damage. It also helps to keep a major membrane component, phospholipids, working properly so that they work effectively after a tear occurs in the muscle.
What Effect Does Vitamin E Have on Inflammation?
Many individuals use Vitamin E ointment or cream on the skin after sun exposure to help soothe the skin and prevent inflammation. There has been research conducted in the past which has supported the role that Vitamin E plays in preventing skin inflammation after exposure to the sun. Previous research has shown that topical Vitamin E can reduce signs of skin inflammation including: redness, itchiness, swelling and temperature.
Further research should look at whether Vitamin E can not only help with muscle repair but whether it has an effect on deep tissue inflammation as well as skin inflammation. It is possible that Vitamin E alone or in combination with other vitamins or minerals, may have a positive effect on both muscle soreness and inflammation.