Vitamin E : Antioxidant, Supplements, Tocopherols

by humagaia

Vitamin E is a nutrient with antioxidant capabilities. Tocopherols prevent oxidation, which destroy vitamins A and D. Choose natural vitamin E (d-alpha) supplements.

Vitamin E helps protect against :
heart disease
certain cancers
chronic ailments.
immune system faults
toxins from cigarette smoke
Vitamin E helps:
skin healing
maintain healthy red blood cells
regulate synthesis of vitamin C.

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Vitamin E : Antioxidant, Tocopherols

Vitamin E is a crucial nutrient with an antioxidant capability. The tocopherols prevent oxidation, which cause fats to turn rancid and destroys vitamins A and D.

Vitamin E has many benefits, including protection against cancers and heart disease. It works at the cellular level within the body and may slow down ageing.

Tocotrienol - Vitamin E

Vitamin E :

  • Helps to protect against heart disease, certain cancers and various chronic ailments.
  • May delay or prevent cataracts.
  • Enhances the immune system.
  • Protects the lungs against toxins from cigarette smoke and other pollutants.
  • Aids in skin healing.
  • Maintains healthy red blood cells and muscular tissue.
  • Regulates the synthesis of vitamin C and DNA.

Warning: If you are on prescription blood-thinning drugs (anticoagulants, such as warfarin) or aspirin, you should consult your doctor before using vitamin E.

You should also refrain from taking vitamin E two days before and after surgery.

What Is Vitamin E?

Vitamin E is a generic name for tocopherols – a group of related compounds which occur in four major forms:

  • alpha-tocopherols – the most common, prevalent and most potent form.
  • beta-tocopherols
  • gamma-tocopherols
  • delta-tocopherols.

Vitamin E is fat-soluble. Unlike other fat-soluble vitamins, tocopherols do not accumulate to toxic levels in the body.

Vitamin E is stored for relatively long periods in the body, mainly in fatty tissue and the liver. It is excreted in the stools. It is found in relatively few foods, many of which are high in fat.

This makes it difficult to obtain the right levels of vitamin E, if on a low-fat diet. Supplements are therefore very useful in obtaining optimal amounts of vitamin E.


Now Foods, Vitamin E-1000 IU Mixed Tocopherols/Unesterified

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Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols 400 IU 250 Sgels

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Aqua-E Water-Soluble Vitamin E with Tocopherols & Tocotrienols, 4 fl. oz (118 ml)

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Look for labels listing 'mixed tocopherols'.

Your body will absorb the mixed form more efficiently.

What Does Vitamin E Do?

Vitamin E:

  • Protects cell membranes.
  • Helps the body to use selenium and vitamin K.
  • It has disease-fighting potential as an antioxidant – assists in destroying or neutralizing free radicals (those nasty unstable oxygen molecules that damage cells).

As an antioxidant, and by safeguarding cell membranes, vitamin E offers:

  • Prevention of some cancers (e.g. prostrate cancer).
  • Protects against cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes.
  • Reduces the harmful effects of LDL cholesterol (the bad one).
  • Prevents blood clots.
  • Reduces inflammatory processes.
  • May prevent angina.
  • Taken with vitamin C, it may help block some harmful effects of fatty meals.

Mixed Tocopherols

Solaray - Vitamin Dry E W/Mixed Tocopherols, 400 IU, 100 capsules

Dry Vitamin E-400 by Solaray - 100 Capsules

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Healthy Aging Nutraceuticals Vitamin E 200 Iu Mixed Tocopherols 180 Softgels

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Olympian Labs Tocomin Tocotrienol Vitamin E Complete

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Deva Vegan Vitamins Natural Vitamin E 400iu with Mixed Tocopherols, 90-Count

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In addition vitamin E:

  • Protects cells from free radical damage.
  • May retard the ageing process.
  • Improves immune function in the elderly.
  • Combats toxins from cigarette smoke and other pollutants.
  • Postpones the development of cataracts.
  • Slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
  • May also help to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.
  • Relieves intermittent claudication (severe leg pain caused by circulatory problems).
  • May alleviate premenstrual breast pain and tenderness.
  • Promotes healing of skin wounds, such as the effects of acne, if applied as a cream or oil.

How Much Vitamin E Do You Need?

The recommended level of safe intake of vitamin E is 3mg a day for women and 4mg a day for men. This level of intake may be sufficient to prevent deficiency. Higher doses are needed to provide a full antioxidant effect.

Strong Antioxidant

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If you get too little vitamin E (if you eat a balanced diet you are unlikely to be at risk), this could lead to:

  • Neurological damage.
  • Shortened life for red blood cells.

If you get too much vitamin E (there are no toxic effects), the following may occur:

  • Headaches.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • May interfere with the absorption of vitamin A.

Foods High In Vitamin E

Other sources of Vitamin E.

Vitamin E 400IU Softgels

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NOW Foods E-400 Mt, 250 Softgels

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Twinlab Super E-Complex 400 IU, 250 Softgels

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How To Take Vitamin E.

  • To benefit from the disease-fighting potential, 250mg to 500mg a day (including that within multivitamins), in capsule or tablet form.
  • Doses up to 800mg a day, if there is a high risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
  • May be particularly effective if taken with vitamin C.

Vitamin E should be taken at the same time every day, with a meal (in order to decrease stomach irritation). This increases the absorption of this fat-soluble nutrient.

For topical use, break open a capsule and apply to the skin. You may also use a cream containing vitamin E.

Choose natural vitamin E (d-alpha), rather than synthetic (dl-alpha), as the natural form is more effective in crossing the blood-brain barrier.

Some labels give doses in IU (International Units): one IU = 0.67mg.

Other sources of Vitamin E

Other Sources Of Vitamin E.

Other sources of vitamin E are:

  • Wheat germ is an excellent dietary source of vitamin E (2 tablespoons contain the equivalent of 40mg)
  • Vegetable oils
  • Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts [2 kg of hazelnuts gives the equivalent vitamin E of a 250mg dose of supplement])
  • Seeds (sunflower)
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Soya beans
  • Whole grains.

All the above contain beneficial amounts of vitamin E.

Vitamin E d-alpha Supplements

Nature's Bounty E-400 Iu Natural Pure D-alpha, 120 Softgels

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Natural Factors Vitamin E Mixed (D-Alpha Tocopherol) 400iu Softgels, 240-Count

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Updated: 02/05/2021, humagaia
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humagaia on 08/27/2012

All links are appreciated. Your tip about Omega-3 is very useful, thanks.

Mira on 08/27/2012

A good combination is with omega-3, since vitamin E is fat-soluble. Your page is great! I plan to link to it when I get around to writing about walnuts :-)

humagaia on 04/01/2012

Glad you gained some inspiration. Always available to help

katiem2 on 04/01/2012

Great stuff I'm going to link this to my why am I tired all the time, by the way I got that title from you article at another site you posted in the forum, remember. Thanks linking and tweeting now. Vitamin E is a very powerful and useful nutrient.

humagaia on 03/31/2012

More in the vitamin series to come some time Katie.
I use it to minimize the nerve damage caused by my diabetic coma. It certainly seems to work.

katiem2 on 03/31/2012

Vitamin E is a treasure. I use it for stress it calms the nerves. Also my gynecologist once told me it helps relieve breast tenderness or soreness that often occurs, It works, fast and amazing. Vitamin is a great and useful nutrient we can def benefit from. Great page so glad you created this.

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