Vitamin E is the term used for the family of eight compounds that possess vitamin E activity. The eight compounds are alpha, beta, gamma, delta-tocopherol, and tocotrienol. Vitamin E represents the body’s major fat-soluble antioxidant. This means that it works effectively in parts of the body where lipids (fats) are located, such as the cell membrane, where it helps protect the fats in the membrane from free radical damage.† Protecting the cell membrane is critical for maintaining the overall health of all body cells. Vitamin E also helps support healthy immune and cardiovascular function.† All vitamin E from Reliance is natural vitamin E. Synthetic vitamin E is not the same as natural and has significantly less biological activity. While d-alpha is the most well known and most researched member of the vitamin E “family”, gamma-tocopherol possesses unique characteristics that complement the biological effects of alpha-tocopherol. This formula contains a high amount of alpha-tocopherol along with smaller amounts of beta, gamma, and delta-tocopherol for a synergistic effect.†
- Also available as 200 IU and 400 IU.
- Alpha-tocopherol is the most recognized form of vitamin E.
- Beta, gamma and delta tocopherols are naturally occurring in our foods as part of the vitamin E complex and are included here for their synergistic effects.
- Gamma-tocopherol has been and continues to be the focus of several research studies.
- Alpha-tocopherol has the ability to work in the body as a lipid-soluble antioxidant, helping neutralize already formed free radicals.†
- Numerous research studies over the years have demonstrated the powerful antioxidant effects of alpha-tocopherol.†
- Gamma-tocopherol helps support nitric oxide (NO) production; NO supports cardiovascular health.†
- Alpha-tocopherol helps neutralize free radicals that have already formed and gamma-tocopherol inhibit the production of free radicals, these mechanisms demonstrate the synergy between these two forms of vitamin E.†
- It is difficult to obtain the number of tocopherols needed to achieve optimal health through diet alone, therefore supplementation is important, as demonstrated by numerous published research studies.†