What Is delta-Tocopherol & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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delta-tocopherols, δ-tocopherol, is one of four tocopherols.

It is also one of eight members of the group that collectively are called Vitamin E, with potential antioxidant activity.

delta-tocopherol can be used as a food additive with the E number E309.

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delta-Tocopherol One Of The Vitamin Es

delta-Tocopherol is one of four tocopherols that have the collective name Vitamin E. (source )

Naturally occurring vitamin E is a mixture of the four tocopherols, alpha, beta, gamma, and delta.

Although all these forms of vitamin E have antioxidative properties, the body mainly utilizes alpha-tocopherol (source )

delta-Tocopherol Is A Stable Compound

delta-tocopherols are the most stable of the four tocopherols in high temperatures. (source )

delta-Tocopherol is the only vitamin E metabolite in plasma that is almost completely bound to albumin.

Albumin is a protein made by your liver.

delta-Tocopherol is found in high concentrations in the brain and other nervous tissues and has been demonstrated to be neuroprotective.

It is the only fat-soluble antioxidant that is present in significant amounts in the brain.

Benefits of delta-Tocopherol

Tocopherols are considered antioxidants.

They are important antioxidant in the plasma, where they are believed to have pro- and anti-inflammatory properties.

delta-Tocopherol can be beneficial for clinical therapy of cardiovascular diseases.

Foods You Can Find delta-Tocopherol In

You find delta-Tocopherol mostly in fats, oils, sauces and gravy products.

Examples of food sources include

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