Which Form of Vitamin E, Alpha- or Gamma-Tocopherol, is Better?

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

Gamma-tocopherol concentrations in the blood have been reported to be significantly lower in coronary heart disease (CHD) patients compared to healthy subjects, suggesting that the low Gamma-tocopherol concentrations increased the risk of CHD. But Gamma-tocopherol may simply be an indicator that the patients did not eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in polyunsaturated fat. Higher vegetable oil intakes in healthy subjects may have raised Gamma-tocopherol concentrations. Although the beneficial effect may have been due to the intake of polyunsaturated fat, Gamma-tocopherol itself may have some benefit.

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