Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol)

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that exists in eight different forms. Each form has its own biological activity, the measure of potency or functional use in the body (1). Alpha-tocopherol is the most active form of vitamin E in humans, and is a powerful biological antioxidant (2,3). Antioxidants such as vitamin E act to protect your cells against the effects of free radicals, which are potentially damaging by-products of the body’s metabolism. Free radicals can cause cell damage that may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Studies are underway to determine whether vitamin E might help prevent or delay the development of those chronic diseases.

Recommended Dietary Allowances: Men = 40 IU; Women = 30 IU; Pregnant or Nursing Women = 15 IU (10 mg)

Importance

  • major anti-oxidant nutrient
  • aids in healthy cellular nourishment and cellular aging
  • involved in the strengthening of capillary walls