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Vitamin E-Complex (Tocopherol, Tocotrienols)
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Natural vitamin E has been shown to have significantly greater bioavailability than synthetic vitamin E. Make sure to look for natural forms of vitamin E, listed as d-alpha-tocopherol, as opposed to synthetic, which is listed as dl-alpha-tocopherol.


Includes alpha, beta, and gamma tocopherol, as well as tocotrienols. Most supplements refer to alpha tocopherol.

Function: Antioxidant, immunity, wound healing, red blood cell formation, estrogen metabolism, nerve health

Sources: Vegetable oils, seeds, nuts, brown rice, and whole grains

Optimal Intake: 400 IU

Deficiency Signs: Severe deficiency is rare. Dry skin, hemolytic anemia of newborns, muscle and neurological disorders.

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