Sep 29, 2007

Vitamin E Supplements

Vitamin E, or , tocopherol, is an essential nutrient used by the body as an antioxidant, cleaning the harmful free radicals from our system.

Vitamin E supplements are classified as:
  • Fully synthetic vitamin E, "d, l-alpha-tocopherol", the most inexpensive, most commonly sold supplement form usually as the acetate ester;
  • Semi-synthetic "natural source" vitamin E esters, the "natural source" forms used in tablets and multiple vitamins; highly fractionated natural d-alpha tocopherol
  • Less fractionated "natural mixed tocopherols" and high gamma-tocopherol fraction supplements
The U.S. Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) for a 25-year old male for Vitamin E is 15 mg/day.


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