A “Unique” Additive free Vitamin E
Too much alpha tocopherol impairs benefits of gamma tocopherol
And it is important that you don’t get too much alpha tocopherol relative to the amount of gamma tocopherol…
It is well documented that plasma and tissue gamma tocopherol are suppressed by alpha tocopherol supplementation 1. In sharp contrast, gamma tocopherol supplementation leads to a win-win situation, increasing both alpha and gamma tocopherols.2
What is gamma tocopherol?
Gamma tocopherol is one of several vitamin E compounds. It is usually the most prevalent form of vitamin E in plant seeds and in products derived from them, including vegetable oils such as corn, soybean and sesame. Also nuts such as walnuts, pecans and peanuts are rich sources of gamma tocopherol.
Recent studies indicate that gamma tocopherol is extremely important to human health and that it possesses unique features that distinguish it from alpha tocopherol,3 it has finally moved into the spotlight.
Gamma tocopherol is a better protectant against inflammatory diseases
Although alpha tocopherol has been shown to be a better antioxidant than gamma tocopherol, gamma tocopherol is a better anti-inflammatory. It is very good at controlling chronic inflammation-related diseases including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative disorders3 such as Alzheimer’s disease.4
Alpha tocopherol is definitely good for you. It is a stronger antioxidant than any of the other tocopherols. But gamma tocopherol provides potent benefits that alpha tocopherol does not. And there is research showing that a combination of gamma tocopherol plus alpha tocopherol gives synergistic benefits in the protection against cardiovascular disease, cancer and many other diseases.
1. Handelman GJ, Epstein WL, Peerson J, Spiegelman D, Machlin LJ, Dratz EA. Human adipose -tocopherol and -tocopherol kinetics during and after 1 y of -tocopherol supplementation. Am J Clin Nutr 1994;59:1025-32