Tocopherols are the major form of vitamin E. They exist in four forms designated as α (alpha), β (beta), γ (gamma), and δ (delta).
Tocopherols are part of the fat-soluble vitamin E family.
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Benefits Of Tocopherols
All four tocopherols have strong antioxidant properties. But alpha-tocopherol has the highest vitamin E activity compared to the other three tocopherols and the only form that can reverse vitamin E deficiency.
Due to their antioxidant properties, tocopherols have been suggested to reduce the risk of cancer ◳.
Tocopherols In Food
Tocopherols are present in relatively high concentrations in soybeans.
Animal fats also contain tocopherols, but at lower concentrations than vegetable oils.
Tocopherols are important antioxidants present in edible oil ◳. The concentration of tocopherols decreases during the time of storage, even when the oil is stored in the dark.
The most abundant dietary sources of alpha-tocopherol are nuts, seeds, and oils, with lesser amounts in green leafy vegetables or fortified cereal products.
Our Articles About Tocopherols
Below you will find the four different tocopherols.
alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E )
Alpha-tocopherol is, by far, the most commonly studied isomer of vitamin E. Learn more about it in our article: What Is alpha-Tocopherol & What Foods Can I Find It In?
Research has shown that it has some anti-cancer effects. Check out all the benefits of alpha-tocopherol in our article: alpha-Tocopherol: 9 Research-Backed Benefits
beta-Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
You can find some information about beta-tocopherol in our article: What Is beta-Tocopherol & What Foods Can I Find It In?
beta-Tocopherol is an antioxidant that is easily destroyed by tobacco. It puts smokers at risk for deficiency. Look at the benefit in our article: beta-Tocopherol: One Research-Backed Benefit
gamma-Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Do you know what gamma-tocopherol is? Interested in learning, go to our article: What Is gamma-Tocopherol & What Foods Can I Find It In?
Researchers have started evaluating gamma-tocopherol for chemopreventive effects. It is believed to have even better potential than alpha-tocopherol.
Find out what kind of benefits this tocopherol has in our article: gamma-Tocopherol: 5 Research-Backed Benefits
delta-Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
delta-Tocopherol is the fourth compound. Find more information about it in our article: What Is delta-Tocopherol & What Foods Can I Find It In?
delta-Tocopherol appears to have the ability to scavenge free radicals, thereby protecting cells against oxidative damage. You can find more benefits in our article: delta-Tocopherol: 3 Research-Backed Benefits