• Uses and properties

Vitamin E is used in a wide variety of applications in human and animal nutrition & health.

In human nutrition and health vitamin E has a long history of safe and beneficial use. However, research data show that vitamin E intake is widely insufficient for a large number of people in developed as well as in less developed societies. The resulting inadequate status or even deficiency does not only have an immediate negative effect on millions of people around the globe, but also creates a burden on our health care system which is likely to increase in future. There is emerging science about additional benefits of vitamin E, e.g. in mitigating some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, treatment of Fatty Liver Disease of diabetics with hp2-2 genotype.

In animal nutrition and health vitamin E is one of the key micronutrients which enhance productivity in farm animal production as well as animal welfare. Not everywhere the required dosage of vitamin E is used though. This is important given the continuously raising demand for animal protein by a growing world population.

Vitamin E production is today a well-established, proven and safe technology.

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  • Types

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a fat soluble vitamin taken up via the diet. The name tocopherol is derived from the Greek words tocos (childbirth) and pherein (to bring forth).

Vitamin E is the generic term for eight fat-soluble compounds found in nature: α-, β-,γ- and δ -tocopherol and α-, β-,γ, and δ-tocotrienol. α-tocopherol is the most common synonym for vitamin E and the only form of vitamin E that counts for vitamin E activity. α-, β-,γ- and δ-tocopherol differ in the methyl groups on the ring structure, tocopherol and tocotrienols differ in the side chain.