Vitamin E is actually an umbrella term for a group of compounds called tocopherols and tocotrienols. Until recently, most vitamin E products contained only tocopherols (alpha-, beta-, delta-, and gamma-tocopherols), with alpha-tocopherol recognized as the body’s predominant and most potent form. Researchers also identified heart-healthy powers in the tocotrienols. Combination products are available, although tocotrienols are easiest to find in single supplement form. To realize vitamin E’s full health benefits, you need both tocopherols and tocotrienols.
As a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E plays a vital role in protecting the body from many chronic disorders, slows the aging process, and guards against damage from secondhand smoke and other pollutants. The tocotrienols (alpha-tocotrienol, specifically) may be the most powerful of the Vitamin E antioxidants. Circulatory disorders, skin and joint problems, diabetes-related nerve complications, high cholesterol, endometriosis, immune-system function and memory are also believed to benefit from Vitamin E.
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