Vitamin E was first discovered in 1922 and it consists of two classes known as tocopherol and tocotrienols. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient.
What Vitamin E Good For?
The main function of Vitamin E is as an antioxidant that prevents free radical reactions that happen in our body. Free-radical is well known as the cancer-causing agent. Thus, Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that repairs the cell that has been damaged. On the other hand, Vitamin E becomes a booster to our immune system. It fights against bacteria and viral infections and also interacts with each other to carry out other important roles.
Who Should Take Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is one of the micronutrients intake taken among all Malaysians regardless of age. According to recent Malaysia’s Recommended Nutrient Intake (2017), Vitamin E intake is adopted from WHO/FAO (2004) by which each level of age has its own recommended value.
Why It Is Important To Consume Natural Vitamin E But Not Synthetic Supplements?
Vitamin E is easily get from natural food and is also fortified. But be sure that the source of food is not a synthetic one. What does synthetic Vitamin E means? It means Vitamin that is laboratory-made and it does not come from natural sources. Hearing that, there must be some negative points of this synthetic vitamin E.
For example, Vitamin E that commonly comes from natural sources is listed as ”d-alpha-tocopherol” on food packaging. On the other hand, the synthetic one is listed as ”dl-alpha-tocopherol.”. The natural form is more potent. The equation is like this.
1 mg vitamin E = 1 mg d-alpha-tocopherol (natural vitamin E) = 2 mg dl-alpha-tocopherol (synthetic vitamin E).
It means that doubled amount of synthetic Vitamin E is needed to consider it as 1mg of Vitamin E.
Some countries still use the international unit(IU) and this also implies it. 1 IU of the natural form of vitamin E is equal to 0.67 mg whereas 1 IU of the synthetic form of vitamin E is equal to 0.45 mg.
Where To Find The Natural Source of It?
Natural Vitamin E can be obtained from the food list below:
Adapted from Recommended Nutrients Intake Malaysia (2017).
For example, a 20 years old woman can simply meet her Vitamin E intake just from the intake of 150 grams of rice bran products or by consuming 28 grams of almonds. How simple is that?
Did you know?
NutriBran™ 100% Pure Brown Rice Powder contains 6.1mg of Vitamin E in every 100 grams of it. Head up, it is 100% from a natural source and not the synthetic one!
The instant powder is made from freshly dehulled brown rice with a thicker bran layer attached where more than 60% nutrients of the whole grains are found. We produce this natural pure brown rice powder which is high in natural nutrients and vitamin E.
In sum, getting the goodness of Vitamin E is actually fairly simple when you stick to choose natural sources of it over synthetic ones. It also clearly explained that the natural source gives you a lot more vitamin E content compared to the synthetic one. So let me leave you with one last tip…
If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food. And that starts with you.
So get to it – you’re going to be glad you did!