Effects of Alpha-Tocopherol - body
|Effects of Alpha-Tocopherol||Darrell Miller||10/12/05|
October 12, 2005 10:31 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Effects of Alpha-Tocopherol
Effects of Alpha-Tocopherol
For years, alpha-tocopherol has been the showboat among its chemical cousins. It is the main form of vitamin E found in serum and tissues within the human body, the most researched in its family and the most chemically and biologically active form. With such an impressive resume, it is no wonder that all forms of vitamin E are measured in alpha-tocopherol equivalents.
As an antioxidant, on of alpha-tocopherol’s main functions is to protect cell membranes from the damaging effects of free radicals (harmful oxygen byproducts created during metabolism, and upon exposure to pollution, cigarette smoke and other environmental contaminants). Free radicals damage DNA, cells and tissues, thereby contributing to the development of degenerative diseases and other health problems.