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E (Vitamin)
Echinacea
Eczema
Eijkman, Christian (Dr.)
EFA (Essential Fatty Acid)
Endometriosis
EPO (Evening Primrose Oil)

   
 

 

E (Vitamin)
Category: Nutrient / Vitamin
Vitamin E is a potent and important antioxidant. Vitamin E protects red blood cells, improves circulation and improves skin and hair health.

Chemical name is tocopherol. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. It protects against neurological disorders. Also a potent and important antioxidant. Reduces the harmful effects of inhaled air pollutants (eg. tobacco smoke and nitrogen oxide).

Deficiency symptoms include anemia, poor circulation, muscle degeneration, and dry, dull hair.

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Echinacea
Category: plant / herb
Scientific name: Echinacea Purperea
Echinacea is also called the Purple Coneflower. Native to North America, the American Indians have long used Echinacea to treat a variety of ailments.

Echinacea’s roots and leaves have mild antibacterial, antiviral properties, and are used for wound healing. In Germany, research has shown that Echinacea is useful in strengthening the body’s immune system and the prevention and treatment of colds and flu.

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Eczema
Category: Ailment / Skin
Generally occurs as a patch of itchy skin covered with small blisters, becoming red and raw if it is scratched. Some instances of eczema cause flaky skin. If occurring on the scalp will cause dandruff.

Eczema is an atopic illness - spreading throughout the family members. Bears similarities to dermatitis, and can occasionally be misdiagnosed as such.

Prevention
A very common cause of eczema is an allergic reaction from contact with the droppings of house dust-mites. These are very tiny organisms that feed on dead skin. On a normal bed, there are easily 3 million of them living in it.

Supplements
Take supplements to build healthy skin and build up skin immunity:
· Evening primrose oil
· B vitamins
· Beta carotene (vitamin A) – beta carotene is the safer form (instead of vitamin A), as an overdose of vitamin A is toxic. But, beta carotene is converted to vitamin A by our body. Once sufficient, the body will automatically stop, so vitamin A poisoning from taking beta carotene is very rare.
· Vitamin C
· Vitamin E

Things to avoid:
Wearing woolen clothing directly against the skin



Eijkman, Christian (Dr.)
Category: scientist/individual
Dr. Christian Eijkman was a Dutch physician and Nobel prize winner. Discovered the link between vitamin B and beri-beri.



EFA (Essential Fatty Acid)
Category: Nutrient (plant or animal based)
EFA or essential fatty acids are DHA (Docosahexonic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid). They are believed to be an essential nutrient that prevents heart disease. EFA or essential fatty acids are abundant in cold water fish (eg. Albacore, Cod, Chinook Salmon, Grouper, Herring, Kipper, Mackerel, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Sardines, Shark, Swordfish, Whitebait, Yellow Fin Tuna).

The Eskimo natives in Greenland have 42 words for snow but none for heart disease. This is because any form of heart disease is extremely rare among the Eskimo, who consume large amounts of fatty fish. An added bonus of eating salmon is the high content of vitamin D.

Other sources of EFAs: Evening Primrose flower.


Endometriosis
Category: Ailment (female)
Endometriosis is a condition in which cells from the endometium (uterine lining) grow outside the uterus. The cells adhere to the pelvis; most commonly theovaries, bowel, fallopian tubes, or bladder. It is non-cancerous and affects 10 – 15 per cent of reproductive age women.

The most common symptoms are painful menstrual periods, or non cyclic pelvic pain. Symptoms may be completely disabling or mild. Chronic pelvic pain is common especially in women with endometriosis.

Endometriosis occurs only after the onset of regular menstruation and can sometimes strike girls in their teens. Endometriosis may cause infertility.



EPO (Evening Primrose Oil)
Category: Nutrient (plant based)
The Evening Primrose is a large wild flower, growing up to 8 feet tall, along streams and roads in North America. Their tiny seeds are rich in EFAs (essential fatty acids), particularly GLA (gamma linolenic acid).

EPO’s GLA improves our health by helping the body produce Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) – a hormone-like compound that makes blood platelets less “sticky”, lowers blood pressure, eliminates excess sodium and water, heals inflammation and enhances immunity.

EPO has been used to treat or prevent a wide range of ailments: arthritis, asthma, diabetes, eczema, heart disease, hyperactivity (in children), MS (multiple sclerosis) and premenstrual syndrome.



 
       
       
       
       
 

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