Understanding the Benefits of All 8 Forms of Vitamin E -
Both the Tocopherol and Tocotrienol family groups

Below is an individual breakdown of the benefits of taking  each of the 8 types of vitamin E.   

Most vitamin E supplements only have the  d alpha tocopherol or its synthetic counterpart dl alpha tocopherol.

The complete Vitamin E family  is composed of:

  • 4 forms of Tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta)
  • 4 forms of Tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma & delta)

Each of the 8 forms of vitamin E has its own individual biological activity and function in the body.   

The Benefits of each type of Vitamin E are as follows:

d-alpha Tocopherol:  (the type of Natural E that is in most vitamin E supplements)

  • Powerful antioxidant that  protects cells against the effects of free radicals
  • Supports immune function, protects the nervous system, slows the aging process
  • Lowers serum cholesterol, reduces cellular adhesions
  • Supports healthy circulatory system, aids proper blood clotting and wound healing
  • Helps reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer

d Gamma Tocopherol:  

  • Protects against nitrogen-based free radicals, delivers strong anti-aging properties
  • The best form of vitamin E to help guard against diseases associated with chronic inflammation (i.e. heart disease and degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Offers protection against breast cancer, prostate cancer and Type I diabetes
  • discover more about d gamma vitamin E

Delta Tocopherol:

  • Has the highest in-vitro antioxidant activity of the mixed tocopherol family
  • Offers several anti-inflammatory, cardio-protective and potential anti-cancer properties

Beta Tocopherol:

  • Protects against free radicals, toxins and chromosome damage
  • Helps strengthen the immune system; energizes cells, blood vessels and connective tissue

d-alpha Tocotrienol:

  • Helps inhibit the biosynthesis of cholesterol, lower LDL cholesterol, promote longevity
  • Helps prevent lipid peroxidation
  • Suppresses hepatic HMG-CoA reductase activity that results in the lowering of LDL cholesterol levels. 
  • Alpha-tocotrienol and gamma-tocotrienol have shown to prolong the life span of cancer-infected mice

d-beta Tocotrienol:

  • Helps lower cholesterol and prevent LDL oxidation
  • Reduces atherosclerotic plaque formation

d-gamma Tocotrienol:

  • Inhibits the manufacture of cholesterol within the liver
  • Reduces atherosclerotic plaque formation
  • Hinders growth of human breast cancer cultured cells

d-delta Tocotrienol:

  • The most powerful antioxidant of the entire vitamin E family
  • The Delta form was found to be the most potent tocotrienols in inducing apoptosis (cell death) in estrogen-responsive and estrogen-nonresponsive human breast cancer cells.
  • Reduces endothelial expression of adhesion molecules (preventing the accumulation of inflammatory cells within the arterial wall)
  • Inhibits excessive aggregation of blood platelets more effectively than vitamin E

Mixed Tocotrienols:

  • Protect against free radicals, help retard cellular aging due to oxidation
  • Help maintain arterial health and reduce the risk of stroke and arteriosclerosis
  • Lower blood pressure; supply increased oxygen to the body


The majority of vitamin E supplements only contain one type of this important vitamin, and even more sad is the fact that most of these poor quality vitamin E supplements  actually use the synthetic dl alpha tocopherol form of E.   

We therefore recommend that you take a full spectrum mixed tocopherols and mixed tocotrienols blend of Vitamin E, and the best all natural blend that we could find is Solanova's TocoSpan.


Also see:
Full Spectrum Vitamin E supplement - contains all 8 forms of E
more  facts and benefits of vitamin E
d Gamma Tocopherol - the new Heart E
Foods containing high Vitamin E content
Natural Vitamin E - don't get the synthetic dl form







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