Why Do Need Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is the body’s naturally occurring lubricant as well as an immensely powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals in the body.
When someone asks you the question: “Why Do We Need Vitamin E?”, you could answer that Vitamin E is essential for its antioxidant effects and its ability to support cardiovascular wellness, cellular membrane function and integrity, and many other aspects of whole health.*
What is Vitamin E?
It is important to understand that Vitamin E activity does not come from one single molecule, but from a family of related molecules called tocopherols and tocotrienols. There are four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta).
Many are not aware that alpha-tocopherol was recognized in the 1960s, by the government, to have Vitamin E activity, which is measured in International Units (I.U.s). Because of that decision that only the alpha-tocopherol portion of a Vitamin E product is considered “Vitamin E,” a majority of the I.U. content of Vitamin E supplements refer to only alpha-tocopherol.
What is the Vitamin E Complex?
The Vitamin E Complex comes from the idea that vitamin E supplementation should consist of both the tocopherols and tocotrienols. Recent research shows that the whole family of Vitamin E isomers provides valuable health benefits.
Until recently, there had not been much discussion of the tocotrienol portion of the vitamin E family. This is due to several factors, but the most significant is the emphasis of alpha tocopherol at the expense of the rest of the vitamin E complex.
Current research suggests that tocotrienols serve as antioxidants and also have other important non-antioxidant functions such as helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, promoting healthy cellular growth and function, and helping regulate cell adhesion.*
What is Optimal Vitamin E Supplementation?
Optimal Vitamin E Supplementation includes the entire Vitamin E complex – with tocopherols ingested hours apart from tocotrienols. A recent A. C. Grace webinar featuring Dr. Barrie Tan of American River Nutrition suggested tocopherols and tocotrienols be taken 4-6 hours apart.
Others have recommended a morning and evening approach as they consider recommended Vitamin E dosages.
Happy Vitamin E Independence Day!
This month we want to encourage you think about your Vitamin E dosages and consider that Mixed Tocopherols and Tocotrienols Should Be Taken Separately for Maximum Performance. Have you tried this before? If not circle July 4th on your calendar as your Vitamin E Independence Day – the day you began to take UNIQUE E® Mixed Tocopherols and UNIQUE E® Tocotrienols independent from each other.
Our mission is to consistently provide our customers with products that show promising benefits to the body when taken correctly, in the correct dosage, and for the right reasons. We invite you to learn more about the science behind Vitamin E, how it came to be in short supply in the typical modern diet, and how specific Vitamin E isomers support specific aspects of human health.
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