Vitamin E is an essential fat soluble vitamin, required for proper functioning of our system. This article introduces you to its important role...
by Carrie North, a writer specializing in nutrition and health issues
Vitamin E exists in 8
different forms with varying levels of activity. Alpha-tocopherol is
the most active form of this vitamin. It is also a powerful biological
antioxidant plays a role in maintaining the body's immune system. Some
of the benefits include maintaining a healthy the immune system, DNA
repair and slow the ageing process of the skin. Another benefit is that
it slows down terminal diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Some good dietary sources of this vitamin are vegetable oils such as sunflower and safflower, nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts. Some green leafy vegetables contain small amounts of his vitamin. Wheat germ is an excellent source of this vitamin.
The recommended dietary
allowance (RDA) of for people is 15 mg/day or 22 IU of
in the natural form and 33 IU in the synthetic form. Pregnant and
breast feeding women are asked to have more. 400 IU per day or more is
considered to be "high dose".
High doses of this vitamin may actually increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. A diet high in unsaturated fat causes an increase in the body’s vitamin E requirements. A benefit of this vitamin is that it can work synergistically with selenium to protect fat-soluble parts of the body. Too much of vitamin can lead to anti coagulation problems.
over 55 who have already suffered a heart attack, Cancer or diabetes or
have heart problems are asked not take E vitamin supplements without
consulting their physician.
D-Alpha-tocopherol succinate is the succinate ester of d-alpha-tocopherol which is the natural-source of this vitamin. It is sometimes called "dry". D-Alpha-tocopheryl succinate is available as a stand-alone supplement and also in combination with vitamin preparations.
The succinate group of this
compound protects the hydroxyl group of the chromanol ring against
oxidation; it is a more stable form than the d-alpha-tocopherol
supplements found in the market in the free or unesterified form. Being
more stable it will be to enter the cell in the succinate form and
subsequently hydrolyzed to its natural form.
Whereas, the natural form
D-Alpha-tocopherol is more susceptible to oxidation and will be
degraded rapidly. Thus, it will be absorbed better and can perform its
function the cell more efficiently.
People taking warfarin should
be careful about using high doses of this vitamin. Similarly, those
with vitamin K deficiencies should be cautious while this vitamin
Those with any lesions that have a propensity to bleed and
those with a history of hemorrhagic stroke or hemophilia should avoid
High doses supplementation of E vitamins must be stopped a month before surgical procedures and may be resumed following recovery from the procedure.We get our Vitamin E supplement from the product called Total Balance.
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