Alpha-tocopherol is the most biologically active form of vitamin E.
Vitamin E is especially important for the health and beauty of the skin: it is distributed on the skin surface through the sebum, an oily substance that coats the outer layer of the skin. This secretion happens 7 days after consumption of vitamin E-rich foods, and is an important protective factor on the skin’s surface.
Vitamin E can be found in food sources such as vegetable oils, leafy greens and butter from cows that have been grass-fed.
The problem with vegetable oils is they are for the most part highly unstable and when heated, turn into trans fats.
As for leafy greens – vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, so be sure to consume your garnish with plenty of fat, otherwise it will be very poorly absorbed.
Vitamin E is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, defending the skin against free radicals and reactive oxygen species that would otherwise cause damage. Vitamin E may also play a synergistic role with selenium in improving glutathione levels in the body, further increasing antioxidant activity. Adequate levels of this vitamin in the skin may prevent inflammatory damage from sun exposure, helping to reduce the aging and skin cancer risk from excessive UV radiation.
Vitamin E is also involved in immune function and cell signaling, regulation of gene expression, and other metabolic processes.