Health matters – diet foods – what is Alpha tocopherol ?

Health matters – diet foods – what is Alpha tocopherol ?

“Research carried out in universities, hospitals, and laboratories around the world has now provided conclusive evidence that carbohydrate,fat, better known as vitamin-E, is absolutely crucial to human health.      

Moreover, it has been clearly established that the amount of vitamin E present in even the most carefully selected diet is totally inadequate to meet the requirement for this vitamin.
The recognition that vitamin-E supplementation is essential is a radical departure from the previous stand of the medical/scientific community that very little, perhaps 10-30 milligram/day, of vitamin E is needed and that this amount can be supplied through the normal diet.

Vitamin E however, is not merely a vitamin. The most active component of the vitamin E complex is alpha-tocopherol and this organic substance is the most powerful antioxidant in the lipid (fat) phase of the human body (1,2).

(1) Burton, G.W., and Ingold, K.U. (1989) Vitamin E as an in Vitro and in Vivo Antioxidant. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 570: 7-22

(2) Niki, Etsuo, et al. (1989) Inhibition of Oxidation of Biomembranes by Tocopherol. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 570: 23-31

So alpha-tocopherol has two functions:

  • it acts as a vitamin (vitamin E) and
  • it acts as an essential antioxidant.

It is this function as an antioxidant and its crucial importance which the mainstream scientific community has so belatedly come to realize.

Vitamin E can not be synthesized by the body and must therefore be supplied in the diet or through supplementation.

It is only stored in the body for a relatively short time and must be replenished on a regular basis.

Unlike the other fat-soluble vitamins, A,D, and K, which are stored in the liver, vitamin E is stored throughout the body in the lipid phase.

This fact is of crucial importance in the utilization of alpha-tocopherol to modify metabolic reactions.

Human metabolism is aerobic, that is, it depends on oxygen for sustenance. This has many advantages, but also creates some problems.

One of the very major problems is that oxygen has a pronounced tendency to create free radicals – dangerous and highly reactive molecules which are now recognized as being the culprits in a large array of debilitating and deadly diseases.

Antioxidants have long been used to prevent and break up free-radical induced chain reactions and are used extensively for that purpose in plastics, rubbers, gasoline, motor oils, and indeed in many, many foodstuffs.

As a matter of fact, unsaturated fatty acids occuring in nature almost always contains alpha-tocopherol which protects them from going rancid.

In the body, alpha-tocopherol acts very effectively to deactivate free radicals and stops chain reactions before they can run away (1).

In contrast to the action of alpha-tocopherol as a vitamin it is actually consumed, sometimes quite extensively, in its role as an antioxidant”.                  Alpha-tocopherol: The Great Protector by Hans R. Larsen, MSc ChE


Alpha tocopherol  is also found in Neways FitChoice programme.

Protein shake — Vanilla & chocolate

Developed exclusively for FitChoice, these protein shakes are so delicious, you’ll look forward to enjoying them at any time.

You can be assured that you are getting essential nutrients to help you function at your best.

The optimised combination of pea protein isolate and soy protein concentrate together with carbohydrates, fat and fibres provides a balanced supplement for daily use.

Benefits :-

Life can be busy sometimes and you cannot always find time for a proper meal if you are on the move or simply running out of time.
Sometimes you might also be feeling peckish and find yourself reaching for a snack which may not be as healthy as you would like.
A FitChoice  vanilla protein shake offers a convenient option to supplement your daily diet.

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