I receive quite a few requests from supplement companies asking me to collaborate with them. Before agreeing, I look at their website and research what is in their product. More often than not, I’m left disappointed. There is an insane amount of supplements out there that claim to promote hormone balance. Usually, they are chock full of synthetic ingredients like B vitamins, zinc, ascorbic acid, and herbs such as Vitex, Dong Qui, ashwagandha, etc. Wondering what my beef is with these ingredients? I’ll tell you. They don’t come close to answering why you have a hormone imbalance in the first place, and they often create more imbalances long term—leaving you questioning why you are even taking these supplements since you aren’t feeling any better. I’m here to tell you that vitamin E supplements are what I have found to be beneficial for hormone balance.
Roles of Vitamin E in Hormone Healing:
Is A Vitamin E Supplement Right for You?
Since iron and polyunsaturated fats deplete vitamin E, it is relatively easy to become deficient; most people have a deficiency. As I mentioned, vitamin E is an antioxidant, which means if you have excess inflammation and stress within the body, it will be used up. Below is a list of individuals I believe would benefit from vitamin E supplementation. *NOTE- I am a registered dietitian, but I may not be your RD (unless you’re my client reading this). Please talk with your doctor or RD before beginning any supplement.
Who could benefit from Vitamin E:
What to Look for in a Vitamin E Supplement
Before you run out and buy the first vitamin E supplement you see, make sure it is made with MCT oil. This is the most absorbable form. You want to avoid anything with soybean/canola/sunflower/flaxseed oil because they will be inflammatory since they are not stable at high temps. In essence, they won’t preserve the vitamin E. Vitamin E can help cancel out the inflammatory impact of these oils; however, it defeats the whole purpose of taking the supplements. You should also look for a vitamin E supplement that has a mix of tocopherols. Most only contain d-alpha-tocopherol, and ideally, we want a mixture of d-alpha and other tocopherols. My absolute favorite vitamin E supplement is PUFA Protect from Mitolife. It offers a higher dose, which is why most individuals only need one capsule. It also has an MCT oil and a blend of tocopherols.
Healing Power of Food
Notice that I didn’t say that food is medicine. I think food is healing and can help our bodies get back into balance and avoid disease. However, I still think medicine has its place. Some of my clients get the best results when they start taking thyroid hormone or get mental health support from a medication (even if it’s short-term).
While I am advocating for getting more vitamin E in supplement form, it will not solve all of your problems. I’ve had some clients who respond best to vitamin E. They are now working hard to eat foods that support their bodies, get enough food, and regularly eating throughout the day. Adding supportive supplements on top of a healthy nutrition foundation will always be the most optimal. For this very reason, I created the Nutrition Strategies for Better Periods. It is a course that teaches you how to eat for healthy hormones. I also have a ton of free information on my Instagram and weekly newsletter, the Feminine Periodical.
Vitamin E helps to reduce inflammation and stress, oppress estrogen, and increase luteal blood flow. Because vitamin E supplements act like progesterone in the body, it can be very beneficial, especially for those suffering from PCOS, difficulty conceiving, and painful periods and ovulation. I hope you found this information helpful. As I mentioned above, always talk to your doctor or RD before starting a new supplement. They are powerful, and you want to make sure it is a good fit for you. For more ways to further heal your hormones, check out my Nutrition Strategies for Better Periods course.