Vitamin E - Tocopherol - The Anti-Ageing Vitamin

Eight different tocopherol compounds with vitamin E activity have been identified uptil now. All of them have the same physiological properties. The tocopherols are yellow, oily liquids, freely soluble in fat solvents. They are not easily destroyed by heat even at room temperature above 100C or 212F. Substances which interfere with or destroy vitamin E in the body are iron compounds, synthetic oestrogen, and chlorine or chlorinated water.

Approximately 50 to 85 percent of vitamin E in the diet is absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract by a mechanism similar to that of other fat-soluble vitamins. It enters the bloodstream via the lymph. The vitamin is stored in all the tissues, and the tissue stores can provide protection against the deficiency of this vitamin for long periods. About one-third of the vitamin is excreted in the bile and the balance is excreted in the urine.

Recommended Daily Allowance - Vitamin E
Men 15 mg
Women 12 mg
Children 8.3 mg
Infants 4-5 mg

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