An Update on Vitamin E, Tocopherol and Tocotrienol-Perspectives

Department of Drug Science and Technology, University of Torino, via Pietro Giuria 9, Torino, Italy.
Molecules (Impact Factor: 2.42). 04/2010; 15(4):2103-13. DOI: 10.3390/molecules15042103
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Vitamin E, like tocotrienols and tocopherols, is constituted of compounds essential for animal cells. Vitamin E is exclusively synthesized by photosynthetic eukaryotes and other oxygenic photosynthetic organisms such as cyanobacteria. In order to prevent lipid oxidation, the plants mainly accumulate tocochromanols in oily seeds and fruits or in young tissues undergoing active cell divisions. From a health point of view, at the moment there is a great interest in the natural forms of tocochromanols, because they are considered promising compounds able to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and satisfactory blood cholesterol levels. Some evidence suggests that the potency of the antioxidant effects may differ between natural or synthetic source of tocochromanols (vitamin E).

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    • "Tocotrienols have been reported to exert a protective effect against cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and neurological diseases (Aggarwal et al., 2010). In addition, tocochromanols are considered powerful natural antioxidants; however, tocotrienols are more potent antioxidants than tocopherols due to the presence of conjugated double bonds in the hydrophobic side chain (Colombo, 2010). Further evidence also supports that tocotrienols offer health benefits as they are antioxidant, maintain the cardiovascular system and protect against cancer and other illness (Nesaretnam et al., 2007; Nesaretnam, 2008). "
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    • "In that year, less hull proportion, higher test weight, crude protein, crude fat, b-glucans, total phenolic content and radical scavenging activity were observed. Also, other studies showed that growing conditions affect quantitatively inherited traits and the quality of food grain indices in naked oats such as hull proportion (Doehlert et al., 1999; Ronald et al., 1999), crude protein and b-glucans (Aman, 1987; Biel et al., 2009; Zute et al., 2011), fat content (Brindzova et al., 2008), a-tocopherols (Colombo, 2010), antioxidant activity and phenolic content (Emmons and Peterson, 2001). Significant environmental effect on variation of these oat quality traits was indicated also in a review (Doehlert, 2002). "
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    • "Vitamin E is a generic name for both tocopherols and tocotrienols. They are structurally similar but tocotrienols differ from tocopherols in having an unsaturated phytyl side chain (Colombo, 2010). Both tocopherols and tocotrienols comprise a, b, c and d forms, depending on the number and position of methyl groups on the chromanol ring. "
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