Vitamin E is made up of:
o 4 different types of tocopherols
§ alpha- tocopherols
> most commonly found in supplements
§ beta- tocopherols
§ gamma- tocopherols
> most commonly found in supplements
> abundant in (organic, cold press) soy and corn oil
§ delta- tocopherols
o 4 different types of tocotrienols
The differences are due to their chemical structures - different forms tackle for different diseases – for example :
Additionally, Vitamin E is available in both natural and synthetic forms.
Vitamin E is one of the antioxidants in the Network Antioxidant team.
It is recycled by:
Fat or Water Soluble Antioxidant:
Other functions besides being an antioxidant:
Since its is fat soluble, it is unable to travel in the blood (which is primarily water) on its own. Vitamin E relies on lipoproteins (such as LDL and HDL) for transportation.
It’s a type of chain-breaking antioxidant (breaks the chain reactions of free radicals - see "Chain Breaking" in "What Are Antioxidant" page, for description).
Different workings of Tocopherols and Tocotrienols :
Due to the different workings of each both types of Vitamins E, and the different chemical structure of all 8 members, it is best that all 8 are consumed to ensure you get the full benefits of Vitamin E.
Additionally, sometimes certain activities deplete the body’s level of certain members of the Vitamin E causing ratio imbalance of Vitamin E in the body. For example, smoking depletes gamma-tocopherols, which in turn can cause mineral imbalance that can lead to high blood pressure.
Vitamin E is sourced from plants.
Our body cannot produce Vitamin E and hence, we need to obtain them from foods or supplements.
Examples of food sources:
(food list - cite: Wikipedia)
Other Vitamin E rich foods:
Examples of the health benefits of Vitamin E:
> Reduces risks of cancer – breast cancer, prostrate cancer
> Swedish study shows that gamma-tocopherol aids in maintain high blood pressure.
> Aids in the production of T-cells and B-cells production, and improve their strength in older people.
> Lipid peroxidation in the brain cells leads to damages to the neurons in the cells as well as the neuron transmitters between the cells. Vitamin E being fat-soluble is able to flex its antioxidant strength to reduce damages caused by free radicals, and hence, reduce the risks of the disease advancing into the serious stage.
> Studies shown that Vitamin E can both reverse development of cataract as well as prevent the oxidation of the lens that leads to cataract.
> As a fat-soluble Antioxidant and Vitamin, it works well in the brain where there are naturally lots of fatty acids.
> Protects the skin against the damaging effects of UV rays on the skin
> 2-prong aid, with tocopherols protecting against oxidation of the LDL and tocotrienols cleaning up the plague.
> Protects heart against heart diseases and prevention of second heart attacks for those already with existing heart disease. Again, using a 2-prong approach of preventing damages from oxidation and cleaning up when plague already formed.
It is suggested that it is best to ensure that you consume all 8 members of the Vitamin E family, as each is needed for different health support. Also, the imbalance of these members of this family may cause health issues, especially those with pre-existing health conditions.
Natural form of Vitamin E from food sources is the better source of Vitamin E. The synthetic form found in some supplements may not be suited for some, especially persons with pre-existing health conditions.
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