There are six major types of Vitamin E supplements on the market.
They're NOT ALL
ALIKE . . . Vitamin E activity doesn't come from
one single molecule, but from a family of related molecules called
tocopherols and tocotrienols. There are four tocopherols (alpha, beta,
gamma, and delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta),
of which only alpha-tocopherol was recognized in the 1960s, by the
government, to have Vitamin E activity, which is measured in
International Units (I.U.s).
Consequently, because of that decision only the alpha-tocopherol
portion of a Vitamin E product is considered 'Vitamin E,' so, the I.U.
content of Vitamin E supplements generally refers to only
Following is a list of the major available types of Vitamin E
supplements on the market today:
Synthetic Vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol, or more correctly,
All-racemic-alpha tocopherol: This chemically-produced
type is the cheapest and the most widely sold. Unlike other vitamins,
and their synthetic counterparts, synthetic Vitamin E is not identical
to natural Vitamin E. It contains equal amounts of eight similar
compounds, of which only one is identical to natural Vitamin E.
Natural Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol, or more correctly,
RRR-alpha-tocopherol): This source of Vitamin E is isolated
from plant-source oils, primarily soy, and is further processed
resulting in a Vitamin E supplement that is all d-alpha-tocopherol.
Although more costly than synthetic, natural Vitamin E is now recognized
to provide two times the I. U. value of an equal amount of synthetic
Synthetic or Natural Vitamin E Esters (tocopheryl acetate,
tocopheryl succinate or tocopheryl phosphate): Since all
tocopherols primarily function as antioxidants, their stability is
inherently very poor. Therefore, tocopherols are chemically altered to
form more stabilized molecules called esters. Once the esterified
Vitamin E is consumed, enzymes in the small intestine remove the ester
from the tocopherol molecule and the tocopherol is absorbed into the
body. Vitamin E esters are much more stable in supplements that contain
minerals, such as iron and copper.
Natural Tocopherol-Tocotrienol Combinations:
Supplements containing tocopherols and tocotrienols are mainly obtained
from natural sources, such as palm, coconut or rice bran oil. They may
contain various quantities of tocopherol molecules (alpha, beta, gamma,
delta) and tocotrienol molecules (alpha, beta, gamma, delta). Since
natural sources may vary, the quantities of the tocopherols and
tocotrienols may also vary. It has also been shown that alpha-tocopherol
inhibits the absorption of tocotrienols.
Natural Mixed Tocopherols (Mixture of alpha-, beta-, gamma-
and delta-tocopherols): Natural Mixed-tocopherols are
isolated, purified and concentrated from plant-source oils with no
further processing to convert the non-alpha tocopherols to
alpha-tocopherol. Since the alpha-form is generally recognized to
provide the major Vitamin E activity, mixed tocopherols are typically
converted to alpha-tocopherol.
UNIQUE E®: This all-natural, pure
mixed-tocopherol concentrate consists of a proprietary mixture of the
four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta) as obtained from
plant-source oils. It is totally devoid of fillers, allergens,
colorants, additives, soy protein, wheat or gluten. This concentrated
formula provides all the benefits of the complete spectrum of the four
tocopherols typically found in food. Each capsule contains a consistent
amount of the four tocopherol molecules. Recent research has shown
that gamma and delta tocopherol have other functions that are different
and unique to alpha-tocopherol. Thus, current scientific literature
would suggest that the consumption of a significant amount of all four
Vitamin E isomers is of greater benefit than simply consuming
UNIQUE E® is a proprietary formula that has been specifically
designed to provide optimum assimilation and maximum health benefits.
We adhere to strict quality control measures, including third party
independent assay, to ensure our products are made according to our
strict, proprietary formula. A.C. Grace has been providing UNIQUE E®
for almost half a century! The
product has proven itself over that many years and has never changed.
SEE & TASTE the difference! Most
Vitamin E on the market looks light in color ? that?s because it may
contain up to 50% vegetable oil as a filler. UNIQUE E® does not! Bite
into one of those oil-diluted Vitamin E capsules and it will most likely
taste bad ? that?s because vegetable oil can turn rancid ? UNIQUE E®
has a mild taste!