The Role of Gamma-Tocopherol

old message The Role of Gamma-Tocopherol Darrell Miller 10/05/05

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Date: October 05, 2005 09:39 AM
Subject: The Role of Gamma-Tocopherol

Gamma-Tocopherol is the most prevalent form of vitamin E in the diet, found especially in plant seeds, vegetable oils and nuts. However, it has received little research attention, primarily because alpha-tocopherol is the predominant form of vitamin E in the blood and tissues and is considered a stronger antioxidant.

Though gamma-tocopherol is considered a weaker antioxidant than alpha-tocopherol, it appears to be better suited for reducing reactive nitrogen oxide species. RNOSs are associated with inflammation and may be involved in the cause or promotion of cancer and cardiovascular disease. The ability to affect these inflammatory mediators may help decrease the promotion or initiation of those diseases.

One interesting fact about vitamin E is that supplementation with alpha-tocopherol decreases plasma and tissue stores of gamma-tocopherol, where as high intakes of gamma-tocopherol actually increased both gamma-tocopherol and alpha-tocopherol levels in animal studies.

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