[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
Vitamin E exists in nature in only the d form (there is no dl form with natural Vitamin E) and as a mix of isomers of which alpha is not the most important.
Consuming a supplement that provides only alpha-tocopherol, in large amounts anyway, results in displacing the more important gamma-tocopherol acquired from your diet. Doing so may cause more harm (not great harm, at least not in the short term) than good.
As for the dl synthetic form, there is one thing to be said for it: it is CHEAP.
Unless the supplement manufacturer is woefully ignorant, he knows that the portion of his product – most of it it – that is the non-d form is worse than useless, but he does not care: it gets to count as Vitamin E on the label, and hey it is CHEAP!
If you want a quality Vitamin E supplement, get one that has only natural Vitamin E (the d form) and get one at the least with mixed tocopherols. For the best Vitamin E supplement, you’d want one with a high gamma tocopherol content, with more of that than any other isomer.
It will not be cheap. (Just the way it is.)[/quote]
Actually Bill, I would recommend that someone get a tocopherol and tocotrienol supplement - The amount of tocotrienols would be the real deciding factor for me.
And these mixed tocopherol/tocotrienol vitamin E supplements are often pricey. For me, the cost-benefit issue just doesn’t add up.
I think CLA is just as potent of an anti inflammatory agent and overall supplement as vitamin E is. And its a heck of a lot cheaper.
Either way, if someone is hell bent on using some sort of vitamin/mineral supplement, the ones I would pay particular attention to would be a ZMA supplement, and Vitamin D3.