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The future and more from Richard Sprague

Posted by sprague on November 23, 2004

WSJ.com – Not All Forms of Vitamin E Should Be Vilified: “Labels aren’t always helpful in distinguishing between the two, though. An analysis by the independent testing group Consumerlab.com found one ‘natural’ brand to contain some synthetic vitamin E. And you’ll almost never find the word ‘synthetic’ on any label. You therefore have to decipher the ingredients: ‘dl-alpha-tocopherol’ means it’s synthetic; a ‘d’ instead of ‘dl’ indicates it’s natural.

The ‘alpha-tocopherol’ part refers to one of more than eight forms of vitamin E found in plants. Most supplements, whether synthetic or natural, contain only the alpha-tocopherol form because it’s the most prevalent in our blood and the most studied.”

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