How an Antioxidant Blend Works in Your Favour
Antioxidants are generally classified into two broad categories; water-soluble (hydrophilic) and fat-soluble (hydrophobic). Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble antioxidant that helps fight free radicals. Having a balance of all eight vitamin E compounds (tocopherols and tocotrienols) only helps this antioxidant ‘force’ perform at its best.
Your body needs both water and fat-soluble antioxidants because each one targets different types of cells and tissues for free radical scavenging.
Water-soluble antioxidants: These are present in aqueous fluids, such as blood and intracellular and extracellular fluids. They react with oxidants in the cell cytosol (fluid portion of cytoplasm) and blood plasma. Examples of water-soluble antioxidants include vitamin C, glutathione, and catechins.
Lipid-soluble antioxidants: These are localised to your cell membranes and lipoproteins. They protect your cell membranes from fat peroxidation. Examples of fat-soluble antioxidants include vitamins E, A, and astaxanthin.
The bottom line; to fight and help neutralise pesky free radicals, you need a blend of both types of antioxidants from as many sources as possible. When taken together, the efficacy of water and fat-soluble antioxidants is enhanced even more.
And when it comes to fat-soluble antioxidants, it is believed that vitamin E is very important in your daily dietary regimen.
Why a Balance of All Eight Nutrients is Key
Remember natural and organic ingredients need to be closely scrutinised when considering any supplement. There’s also another key factor that must be considered. And that is… how do the ingredients within a formula react with one another? How well-balanced is the formula to help you benefit the most?
When it comes to natural vitamin E, you may remember that there’s more than one compound other than just alpha-tocopherol. There are a total of eight natural compounds… more specifically…
Tocopherols: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta
Tocotrienols: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta
If you’re serious about supplementing with vitamin E and avoiding synthetic formulas, it is vital to get a balance of all eight nutrients in a vitamin E supplement you take to complement your healthy diet. Unfortunately, the majority of research studies and supplement manufacturers have only focused on alpha-tocopherol. To Dr Mercola they have totally missed the boat on the importance of a balanced vitamin E formula.
You see, if the vitamin E supplement only contains alpha-tocopherol (synthetic or natural), there’s another major issue. If high levels of alpha-tocopherol flood your system, they can potentially deplete the other tocopherols and tocotrienols from your body.
How Tocotrienols Could Support Your Health
With tocotrienols, the challenge is that despite potentially healthful benefits, scientific literature on these compounds only accounts for roughly 1% of the total vitamin E literature. But despite all that, the scientific community has started to wake-up to the potential benefits of tocotrienols.
Here are just a few examples of potential healthful benefits and why these tocotrienols were included in Mercola’s Vitamin E formula.
Tocotrienols (alpha, beta, delta, and gamma) potentially:-
- Help support normal cholesterol levels
- Protect against free radical damage and the normal effects of ageing
- Promote brain health (in combination with tocopherols)
With all four of the tocotrienol nutrients in Mercola’s Vitamin E supplement, you can be assured this formula is one of the best.
So, why use sunflowers? They are an excellent natural source of vitamin E. And when compared to soy, here are some unique points you should be aware of:-
- Sunflower seeds and oil are derived from plants that are not genetically engineered
- Unlike soybean oil, the sunflower oil in Mercola’s vitamin E supplement is naturally sourced because
- The alpha-tocopherol molecule does not go through a transformation process. It is the true molecule without modification. This is an important point because soybeans must go through a transformation process that can chemically change the alpha-tocopherol molecule. This is not the case with sunflower seeds.
To give you an idea of how involved the process is to produce the sunflower oil that goes into Mercola’s Vitamin E formula:-
- 1 acre is composed of about 20,000 sunflower plants
- It takes almost a fifth of an acre (0.18 acres) of sunflower plants to produce a single bottle of the supplement (30 of our Licaps capsules)
- For every single 134mg capsule, approximately 120 sunflower plants are required
The Delivery System
Dr Mercola only wanted the best delivery system for their Vitamin E supplement, and with the astonishing Licaps capsule technology from Capsugel, you can have peace-of-mind knowing each capsule is of the highest quality. Here are just some of the benefits the ‘liquid-filled’ Licaps capsule technology brings to the Vitamin E formula:-
- Delivers a capsule shell matrix that is highly impermeable to atmospheric moisture and oxygen for superior degradation protection
- Incorporates a thin shell (without plasticisers or preservatives) for rapid and complete shell disintegration for fast release of nutrients
- Provides optimal containment with a robust sealing zone for formula integrity
Plus, the Licaps capsule is not only visually appealing, it also helps to mask taste and unpleasant odours often found in other capsule technologies.