Most people don’t know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, about 80 percent of us are vitamin E deficient.  Vitamin E is really a family of eight different compounds consisting of four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. All these act together in a subtle and profound interplay to provide your body with the maximum benefits. That’s why you need all eight, and you need them in their most highly biologically active forms. Otherwise, you will not get the full benefits.

Vitamin E, in all its forms, is highly protective for the brain and the entire body. People with higher vitamin E levels have less disease and live longer. Vitamin E is known to protect against cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, diabetic neuropathies, infection, and cognitive impairments. Vitamin E significantly slows down functional decline in people with Alzheimer’s. An animal study in a 2014 Experimental Gerontology found that CoQ10 and vitamin E together actually reversed cognitive impairments. Vitamin E affects specific gene expressions and modulates the regulation of five different groups of genes, including critical proteins involved in cell signaling.

Use only naturally-derived, mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols. This will give you all eight of the vitamin E family. The synthetics don’t work.  Buy only from trusted brands.  Drug stores, health food stores, and vitamin shops usually do not have the high quality you want. As for dosage, I take 800 to 1200 IU per day of the tocopherols and 375 mg per day of the tocotrienols. It is best to take the tocotrienols at a separate meal since they can compete for absorption with the vitamin E tocopherols.

Health is a choice, and because vitamin E deficiency is rampant, most of us need to be supplementing with both tocopherols and tocotrienols. As usual, low-quality supplements are a waste of money. So the buyer beware.