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Get Your Vitamins From Foods Not Supplements

Controversies have surrounded vitamin E since its discovery in 1922 (1) and the subsequent description of forms other than tocopherol that had some vitamin E biological activity. Currently, only alpha tocopherol has been shown to reverse human vitamin E deficiency symptoms, and alpha tocopherol is the only form of vitamin E that meets the year 2000 vitamin E recommended dietary allowance. Many Americans do not consume vitamin E?adequate diets. The lack of consistency in the outcomes of vitamin E supplement studies prompted the researchers to consider the hypothesis that the bioavailability of supplemental vitamin E is highly dependent on the way in which the supplement is consumed. They found that people get more than 26 times more vitamin E from eating enriched foods than from capsule supplements.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition January 2004 Vol. 79, No. 1, 86-92

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