Vitamin E Supplements Decrease Gamma Tocopherol

Maret G. Traber, Ph.D. Professor of Nutrition Linus Pauling Institute Principal Investigator

Maret G. Traber, Ph.D.
Professor of Nutrition
Linus Pauling Institute Principal Investigator

It is well known that alpha-tocopherol supplements decrease plasma gamma-tocopherol concentrations. What is less well appreciated is that the body intentionally retains alpha-tocopherol. A special protein in the liver, the alpha-tocopherol transfer protein, preferentially maintains blood levels of alpha-tocopherol by incorporating only alpha-tocopherol into low-density lipoprotein (LDL) for tissue distribution. Our studies, currently in progress, show that the body retains alpha-tocopherol three times longer than gamma-tocopherol.

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