Natural Vitamin E is Superior to Synthetics, Health Author Says; Canadian Study Cited

WASHINGTON, -- Most experts consider natural Vitamin E superior to the synthetic version, a leading health writer has reported in USA Weekend.

Author Jean Carper, who writes a weekly column for the publication called "Eat Smart," responded to a Texas reader's query about Vitamin E.

"Is natural Vitamin E better than synthetic Vitamin E?" the reader asked.

The answer: "Yes." Most experts believe natural Vitamin E to be more effective, Carper said. She cited a recent Canadian study which showed that "the body absorbs twice as much natural alpha tocopherol -- the common type of Vitamin E in supplements -- as synthetics."

The author, known as an authority on "food as medicine," advised consumers to study the labels on Vitamin E supplements.

"Check labels," she said. "Natural Vitamin E is listed as 'd alpha tocopherol.' Synthetic is 'dl alpha tocopherol.'" And if it starts with just "alpha," she said, "assume it's the cheaper synthetic."

Carper also was asked what vitamins and minerals she takes, and she noted that she has developed her own "high-oxidant, multi-vitamin-mineral, anti- aging formula." Her special supplement, she said, includes 400 international units of "natural Vitamin E," along with l,000 milligrams of Vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals.

Numerous health studies have found that natural Vitamin E, which is made from soybeans, is preferable to the synthetic version, usually manufactured in supplement form from petroleum products.

SOURCE Foods for the Future

CONTACT: Dean Reed, +1-202-223-3532, for Foods for the Future

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