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Sources, Benefits, Forms, Dosage
What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is one of thirteen essential vitamins, as well as an antioxidant. Essential vitamins need to be present in the diet because the human body cannot make the nutrients on its own, or in sufficient amounts to sustain normal and healthy bodily functions.1 Vitamin E is considered an essential vitamin due to its many physiological health benefits. Along with being essential, Vitamin E is also fat-soluble, which means unlike water-soluble vitamins, these nutrients are stored in the liver and the fat cells of fatty tissue. Since the four fat-soluble vitamins, Vitamin A, D, E, and K are stored in tissue and not as easily flushed out of the body, there is a risk to develop toxic side effects. However, toxicity only occurs when the vitamin is taken in very high concentrations.
Benefits of Vitamin E – There are many
Vitamin E strengthens the immune system and has antioxidant properties that protect the body and cells from free radicals. Vitamin E most notably protects the cell membrane, which is necessary for cell stability and function, and protects DNA from free radicals.1 Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties are heightened when consumed with Vitamin C and selenium.1 Due to Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties, research demonstrates probable cause that Vitamin E plays a role in the prevention of cancer, such as colon and bladder cancer.1,2
Along with being an antioxidant and boosting the immune system, Vitamin E supports vision and ocular health.1 When it comes to the eyes, Vitamin E plays the biggest role in protection from age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, which are growths on the eyes that cause cloudy vision, and if untreated blindness.1,2 Vitamin E also lowers inflammation, and may protect from certain conditions such as coronary heart disease, and cognitive decline.2
Forms of Vitamin E – Which is best?
Natural Vitamin E is composed of eight different active compounds found in the forms of tocopherols or tocotrienols.1 The types include alpha (α-), beta (β-), gamma (γ-), and delta (δ-) -tocopherol and -tocotrienol.2Alpha–tocopherol is the most active and bioavailable form and is found in blood and tissue along with small amounts of gama-tocopherol.1,3,4 Even though alpha-tocopherol is the most active, all of the Vitamin E isomers, especially gama-tocopherol benefit the body in a unique way so it is important to receive mixed tocopherols for optimal benefits.5
Vitamin E is found in both natural and synthetic forms, however the bioavailability is not equal. Natural Vitamin E, specifically α –tocopherol is more bioavailable than the synthetic form.6
Watch the video below to learn more about the benefits of Vitamin E!