| Vitamin E is found naturally in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement.|
Naturally occurring vitamin E exists in eight chemical forms (alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienol) that have varying levels of biological activity. Alpha- (or α-) tocopherol is the only form that is recognized to meet human requirements.
Vitamin E has powerful effects on cellular functions by acting as an antioxidant and thus protecting cells from free radicals.
Antioxidants protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, which are molecules that contain an unshared electron. Free radicals damage cells and might contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer . Unshared electrons are highly energetic and react rapidly with oxygen to form reactive oxygen species (ROS). The body forms ROS endogenously when it converts food to energy, and antioxidants might protect cells from the damaging effects of ROS. The body is also exposed to free radicals from environmental exposures, such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, and ultraviolet radiation from the sun. ROS are part of signaling mechanisms among cells.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that stops the production of ROS formed when fat undergoes oxidation. Scientists are investigating whether, by limiting free-radical production and possibly through other mechanisms, vitamin E might help prevent or delay the chronic diseases associated with free radicals.
One example of this is how Vitamin E works to protect our skin from the UVB rays of the sun. Further, foods that are rich in Vitamin E can pass right through the cellular membranes of the skin and offer protection. Because of this, many supplement manufacturers are making Vitamin E Oil and topical ointments. These can be placed directly on the skin for protection or for antioxidant benefits.
Vitamin E oil has as its main ingredient alpha-tocopherol which in its natural state is a powdered substance. This powder is then mixed with an oil carrier to create the Vitamin E oil. Many Vitamin E oils are manufactured directly from oils such as soya, canola, or corn through a distillation process. The oil itself is a heavy texture and very thick.
Vitamin E is supposed to make a good natural anti-oxidant for the skin, and its good for lightening scars, acne marks, fine lines and wrinkles.
The higher the IU the faster to get rid of scars, fine lines, wrinkles and skin remains supple through winter.
Vitamin E helps delay the skin aging process. It also protects the upper layers of your skin from sun damage. Because of this it makes a great cream for daily protection against the sun and environment. DaySkin is physician-formulated and clinically tested. It contains essential ingredients needed for sun protection, anti-aging and moisturizing as well as the DL Alpha Tocopherol form of Vitamin E.
Food sources of Vitamin E
Nuts, such as almonds or hazelnuts
Red Palm Oil
Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
Vegetable oils -- Canola, corn, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed, olive oil, rice
Vitamin E exists in eight different forms (alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherols and tocotrienols) each of which has slightly different activity in the body. Even though there are 8 forms of vitamin E, the most biologically active form of the vitamin is called alpha-tocopherol. Alpha-tocopherol is considered the active form because it is the preferred form of vitamin E transported and used by the liver.
Synthetic vitamin E does not come from a natural food source and is generally derived from petroleum products. Synthetic vitamin E (dl-alpha-tocopherol or any variation starting with dl- ) is found in most singular vitamin E supplements that can be purchased over the counter, whereas most multivitamins contain a semi-synthetic vitamin E extracted from plant oils. It is not believed dangerous to consume synthetic or semi-synthetic vitamin E, but you may not be getting as much of the vitamin into your system as you are intending. Synthetic vitamin E, due to its chemical structure, is only about 12% as potent as natural vitamin E. It is also not as bioavailable (meaning easily used by the body) as its natural counterpart, decreasing overall absorption and utilization of the vitamin. Certain studies have shown that one may need three times more synthetic vitamin E to equal the biological activity of natural vitamin E. Synthetic vitamin E is also excreted faster than the natural form, so it doesn’t have as much time to get into the tissues where it is needed.
Natural vitamin E is generally labeled d-alpha tocopherol, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, or d-alpha tocopheryl succinate but can sometimes appear as mixed tocopherols (mixed tocopherols, the most desirable of vitamin E forms, contain not only d-alpha tocopherol but natural mixtures of beta, gamma, and delta tocopherols). Natural E comes from plant oils instead of petroleum. Due to its molecular structure, natural vitamin E is much better absorbed in the body. Specific transport proteins in the liver tend to bind better to natural vitamin E, allowing it to be transported to other tissues in the body to be used for important functions, including as an antioxidant.
Disclaimer: The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.