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Vitamin E is vital not because, like most of its vitamin brothers and sisters it necessarily performs one specific role but perhaps more like Vitamin B, it performs a huge range of roles inside our bodies. So you might well be forgiven for wondering what Tocopherols are and what good they can do by being added to a Vitamin E complex.
The fact is that Vitamin E is actually a group of compounds made up of elements called Tocopherols and Tocotrienols. Tocopherols are a form of naturally occurring nutrients found in food like vegetable oil, nuts, cruciferous vegetables and fish.
Vitamin E is actually also known as d-alpha-tocopherol and its benefits have been well documented for some time now. Since it was discovered in 1922, in fact. Scientists first observed the effects of Vitamin E deficiency in rats when they gave them diets excluding the nutrient. The result was a complete loss of fertility. Upon returning Vitamin E to their diets through wheatgerm, their fertility was restored.
This is where the name Tocopherol came from - the Greek ‘Tokos' and ‘phero' mean ‘offspring and ‘to bear', meaning that Tocopherol literally means to bear children. As a result it was initially used as a fertility drug. However, not long after, more research was performed and it soon became clear that as an antioxidant it had an incomparable natural potence.
Swanson Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols provides the very best of of Vitamin E by adding mixed tocopherols: d-beta, d-delta and d-gamma tocopherol for ultimate antioxidant capacity.
In a world increasingly besieged by toxic external factors like environmental chemical pollution, processed foods as well as naturally occurring internal factors, it can be hard to stay on top of our body's constant battle against oxidative stress.
It is for precisely that reason that Swanson Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols is even more important. Vitamin E plays its protective role by helping reduce the oxidation of lipid membranes as well as unsaturated fatty acids. All while preventing the breakdown of other essential nutrients by oxygen. By using Swanson Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols we can both battle those effects as well as enhance the effects of other antioxidants like vitamin C, glutathione (L-cysteine), beta-carotene and even selenium.
The oxidation in our body of our lipid molecules, most especially from polyunsaturated fats and the consumption of other oxidised fats like rancid oils and hydrogenated oils is the first step to creating free radical cells which, in turn, lead to cellular damage. This leads to chronic inflammation, particularly in the vascular lining. The outcome of which can be serious heart disease as well as hypertension, arthritis, atherosclerosis and many others.
Swanson Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols offers an unparalleled ORAC value (antioxidant rating system) of 400 IU - helping to protect cell membranes and DNA from free radical damage.
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