Last update: 2.5.2017.
Supplement Watch - α-Tocopherol
Other name(s) for α-Tocopherol
General information for α-Tocopherol
α-Tocopherol is an important lipid-soluble antioxidant but the importance of the antioxidant properties of this molecule are not clear.
Solubility of α-Tocopherol
Take care when supplementing with fat soluble vitamins.
Benefits of α-Tocopherol
Acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing unstable molecules that can damage cellsProtects vitamin A and certain lipids from damageDiets rich in vitamin E may help prevent Alzheimer’s diseaseSupplements may protect against prostate cancer
Deficiency symptoms / disease
Deficiency of vitamin E is very rare.
Vitamin E deficiency causes neurological problems and problems with immune system.
For men it causes sterility.
For women it causes abortion.
For newborn infants it causes mild hemolytic anemia.
Overdose symptoms / disease
Vitamin E can act as an anticoagulant, increasing the risk of bleeding problems. Hypervitaminosis E especially combined with blood thinning medication like aspirin can be fatal!
FDA information for α-Tocopherol
(Daily value/Recommended dietary allowance/Adequate intake)
Recommended intakes of nutrients vary by age and gender and are known as Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and Adequate Intakes (AIs). However, one value for each nutrient, known as the Daily Value (DV), is selected for the labels of dietary supplements and foods. A DV is often, but not always, similar to one's RDA or AI for that nutrient. DVs were developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help consumers determine the level of various nutrients in a standard serving of food in relation to their approximate requirement for it. The label actually provides the %DV so that you can see how much (what percentage) a serving of the product contributes to reaching the DV.
Look at daily value in the main vitamin page.
Food sources for α-Tocopherol
Look at food sources in the main vitamin page