Natural Vitamin E Preferred Over Synthetic
stating there is no difference between natural and synthetic vitamins
has now been challenged — at least in the case of Vitamin E.
supplements should be taken in natural formulations in preference to
synthetic, according to Cornell University's May issue of "Food and
exception of Vitamin E, it usually doesn't matter if you take synthetic
or natural formulations," the newsletter reported. "But Vitamin E is
better absorbed in its natural form, so you need less of it — 100
to 200 IU (international units) as compared to 200 to 400 IU of
recommendation follows numerous scientific findings that Vitamin E,
made from soybeans in its natural form, is more effective than the
synthetic version, usually made from petrochemicals. Consumers have
been advised to read labels closely — natural Vitamin E will read
"d alpha tocopherol," while the synthetic version reads "dl alpha
supplements, including Vitamin E, should be taken with food,
"preferably after the largest meal of the day, and with a meal that
contains some fat," according to the Cornell newsletter.
Dr. Kevin Vigilanti of Brown University warns low-fat diets can impair absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin E.
In a separate
article, the health letter noted "It is difficult to get enough Vitamin
E from foods alone, and multivitamins do not usually contain sufficient