In recent years, new findings on vitamin E have been so extensive; it might be mistaken for a miracle drug. Vitamin E has been proven to be one of our most powerful biological antioxidants. At the same time, a growing body of scientific evidence is proving the lifetime need for protecting our cells from damage by free-radical oxidation. Vitamin E provides such protection and thereby slows down the aging process. Simply put, vitamin E protects us from aging and the chronic diseases, such as heart disease, which result from oxidative damage.
Unwittingly, we have created and live in an oxidizing environment. This is putting unprecedented demands on our antioxidant defense systems. With the demand up, it is difficult to obtain enough vitamin E from our nutritionally deficient modern diet. That is why supplementing is a must for most people. However, supplementing is problematical because there is little real vitamin E on the market.
Beyond Health’s Vitamin E contains all the key components of an effective Vitamin E supplement with a proprietary blend of four tocopherols (d-alpha, d-gamma, d-delta, and d-beta tocopherol). It also utilizes the natural forms of these tocopherols and does not contain any vegetable oil or unnecessary additives.
Vitamin E is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that we can’t live without. The two principal roles of vitamin E are as an antithrombin, to prevent blood clots inside blood vessels, and as an antioxidant protecting our cells from free radical damage. Vitamin E also is one of the most important nutrients for protecting our heart, brain, skin, and immunity.
There are several very important considerations in choosing the right vitamin E supplement:
First, alpha tocopherol is only one form of vitamin E. In nature, it is found together with 3 other tocopherols – beta, delta and gamma tocopherols. Each tocopherol is slightly different in chemical structure and function and taking one in isolation presents an artificial situation. Although we don’t know all the ramifications of taking isolated tocopherols, there is evidence that it may be harmful to take alpha tocopherol without gamma.
Second, there is a considerable difference between natural vitamin E and synthetic vitamin E. Synthetic vitamin E is not well absorbed and has been found to be only half as potent as natural vitamin E, with very little antioxidant benefits. Worse, it does harm by interfering with the absorption of beta-carotene from food and as a result lowering levels of carotene in the blood. Natural tocopherols are preceded by a “d” (for example, d-alpha-tocopherol) while synthetic tocopherols are preceded by a “dl” (for example, dl-alpha-tocopherol).
Third, even natural forms of Vitamin E often contain one-third to one-half vegetable oil, which becomes rancid, creating supplement-damaging free radicals. The optimal Vitamin E is natural, with mixed tocopherols, and free of additives or oils.
*This product may not have the same effect on every person and may affect individual metabolisms differently.