Vitamin E: the Way Forward

Vitamin E is an essential micronutrient. It is recognized as a powerful antioxidant by the European Food Safety Authority and symptoms of deficiency include muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass, problems with vision and other neurological disorders. Yet, despite research to indicate that the micronutrient plays an important role in supporting brain, eye, cardiovascular, maternal and infant health, vitamin E is not currently high on the agenda of scientists and funding organizations. The impact of low vitamin E intake globally a serious public health concern and there are significant proportions of the population in both the developing and developed worlds with intake below the current daily dietary recommendations. In addition, a new study has shown that the oxidative stability of vitamin E in edible oils – one of the most important sources of vitamin E – is limited. This may be an additional hidden factor behind low vitamin E status.

DSM Nutritional Products is engaging with a number of experts in the field of vitamin E research to address the urgent requirement for further studies into the micronutrient. The partnerships allow members of the scientific community to discuss emerging research, as well as approaches to defining appropriate dietary requirements for vitamin E. It is part of DSM’s ongoing work to highlight the decline in vitamin E intake globally, and to better understand the health benefits that sufficient vitamin E intake can provide.

This article is available in full in the Summer 2014 issue of Nutraceuticals Now