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Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a term used to refer to eight molecules, which are divided into two categories: tocopherols and tocotrienols. Each category is further divided up into alpha (α), beta (β), gamma (γ), and delta (δ) vitamers. The vitamer α-tocopherol is considered to be the ‘main’ vitamer, but the gammas (γ-tocopherol and γ-tocotrienol) are also popular research topics, due to their presence in the diet. Collectively, these compounds are called vitamin E. Vitamin E supplements almost always contain α-tocopherol.

Things To Know & Note

Is a Form Of
Other Functions Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory
Primary Function General Health
Also Known As Tocopherols, Tocotrienols
Goes Well With
  • 'Co-antioxidants' (recycle vitamin E) including Vitamin C and Alpha-lipoic acid

  • Sesamin (increases bodily levels of γ-tocopherol and γ-tocotrienol)

  • CoQ10 (for antioxidant on LDL particles)

How to Take Vitamin E

Recommended dosage, active amounts, other details

Maintaining adequate levels of vitamin E in the body can be achieved through very low daily doses of 15mg (22.4 IU) or less. This dose of vitamin E can be acquired through the diet, making supplementation unnecessary in many cases. An elderly person supplementing vitamin E to improve immunity should take a 50-200mg dose.