Vitamin E - Tocopherols

Vitamin E – Tocopherols

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Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin composed of a group of compounds called tocopherol and tocotrienol compounds that exhibit the biological activity of alpha-tocopherol.

Seven forms exist in nature: Alpha-tocopherol, 100; Beta-tocopherol, 50; Gamma-tocopherol, 10–30; and Delta-tocopherol, 1.

Alpha tocopherols have the greatest biological value

Description

Antioxidant – protects fatty acids against oxidation and helps rid toxic substances from the body.

Vitamin E is absorbed in the intestine in the presence of fat and should be taken with food that contains fat or it may not be absorbed properly.

Vitamin E acts as a diuretic and protects vitamins A and C and increases white blood cells to resist infection.

The female hormone oestrogen is a vitamin E antagonist.

Anti-thrombotic

Increased Risk of Deficiency

Consumption refined cereals processed foods

High intakes of poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)

Urban environments, air and water pollution

Selenium deficiency

Fat malabsorption

Newborn infants, and particularly premature infants

Repeated strenuous exercise

Signs and Symptoms of Deficiency

Decreased membrane integrity of red blood cells

Lack of vitality

Gastrointestinal disease – where prolonged deficiency can cause faulty absorption of fat and fat soluble vitamins, which can result in cystic fibrosis, blockage of bile ducts and chronic inflammation of the pancreas

Degeneration of nerve cells

Muscle weakness

Decreased sexual interest and atrophy of the reproductive organs

Infertility

May increase risk of cancer, atherosclerosis, arthritis, and cataract

Good Dietary Sources

Tocopherols occur in seeds and nuts. Sunflower seeds, Wheat germ, 1 average sized Sweet potato,

Safflower oil, Shrimp, soybeans

Medical and therapeutic uses

Vitamin E assists reproduction, helps with menstrual problems, thrombosis, varicose veins and sterility. Thins the blood, beneficial for cystitis,

Anaemia,

Angina pectoris,

Arteriosclerosis,

Atherosclerosis,

Bruising,

Coronary thrombosis,

Diabetes, Hypertension,

Pernicious anaemia,

Phlebitis, stroke,

Trombophlebitis,

Varicose veins,

Osteoporosis,

Colitis,

Epilepsy,

Mental illness,

Multiple sclerosis,

Parkinson’s disease,

Cataracts,

Eyestrain,

Gallstones,

Heart failure,

Myocardial infarction,

Constipation,

Haemorrhoids,

Arthritis,

Gout,

Kidney stones,

Leg cramp,

Sciatica,

Allergies,

Common cold,

Emphysema,

Hay-fever,

Rheumatism,

Miscarriage,

Abscesses,

Acne,

Athlete’s foot,

Bruises,

Burns,

Ulcers,

Warts,

Backache,

Cancer,

Overweight,

Pregnancy,

Sunburn

Measles.

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