Vitamin E

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A fat-soluble antioxident, vitamin E can be taken as a dietary supplement or used topically. When combined with vitamin C, it helps protect skin from the sun.

Vitamin E (Wikipedia)
Drug class
Tocopherol, alpha-.svg
The α-tocopherol form of vitamin E
Class identifiers
UseVitamin E deficiency, antioxidant
ATC codeA11H
Biological targetReactive oxygen species
Clinical data
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Vitamin E refers to a group of compounds that include both tocopherols and tocotrienols. Of the many different forms of vitamin E, γ-tocopherol is the most common form found in the North American diet. γ-Tocopherol can be found in corn oil, soybean oil, margarine, and dressings.α-tocopherol, the most biologically active form of vitamin E, is the second-most common form of vitamin E in the diet. This variant can be found most abundantly in wheat germ oil, sunflower, and safflower oils. As a fat-soluble antioxidant, it stops the production of reactive oxygen species formed when fat undergoes oxidation. Regular consumption of more than 1,000 mg (1,500 IU) of tocopherols per day may be expected to cause hypervitaminosis E, with an associated risk of vitamin K deficiency and consequently of bleeding problems.

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