Danish study: The cow favors natural over synthetic vitamin E

When the dairy cow is fed grass with a naturally high vitamin E content, the milk’s content of vitamin E is higher than when the cow is primarily fed feed containing synthetic vitamin E, finds new research.

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Researchers make discoveries regarding breast milk

The main findings of this project include the following: the amount of RRR-alpha-tocopherol, a natural form of vitamin E, accounts for more than 75 percent of the total alpha-tocopherol in breast milk and umbilical cord blood; Xanthophyll is of the highest amount compared with any other carotenoid to promote fetuses’ and infants’ visual development.

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Lab insight: measuring vitamins

An interesting analytical challenge still exists for measuring vitamin E in foods. In the US, the FDA defines declarable vitamin E as alpha‑tocopherol where there is both a very bioactive naturally‑occurring form, and a less bioactive man‑made form.1 The FDA requires manufacturers to make and keep written records to verify the amount of both forms1 because there is no recognised analytical method that differentiates between the two. Until a method is developed and internationally recognised, the lab needs to have access to those records to properly calculate the amount placed in a nutritional facts panel.

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Opinion: Vaping and Vitamin E: What Went Wrong?

Many people struggle to quit smoking cigarettes to prevent and slow lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
Nicotine is such an addictive substance that in a desperate attempt to get healthy many people turned to e-cigarettes, which delivered the nicotine in a vapor instead of smoke. But instead of getting healthier, these former smokers got worse. In addition, healthy, young people started experimenting with recreational vaping, and despite their health and youth, they, too, developed serious lung problems.

Why did this happen? What went wrong?

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Unrefined Palm Oil Boosts Lung Immunity Against Covid-19

A study shows that unprocessed red palm oil helps to maintain lung immunity and respiratory health, strengthening’s one’s body defenses against the coronavirus that is causing the Covid-19 disease. The product, also known as virgin red palm oil, can help maintain an adequate amount of a substance crucial for the body’s immune system.

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Nanotechnology Might Help Fight Deadly ‘Cytokine Storm’ of COVID-19

For many COVID-19 patients battling for their lives in the ICU, a runaway immune system response — known as a “cytokine storm” — is their primary foe. Doctors have few tools to help tame this hyperinflammatory condition, but early research is suggesting that nanotechnology might safely deliver drugs to affected tissues, quieting the storm.

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The Pet Expert: Understanding Mixed Tocopherols in Pet Food

Mixed tocopherols are one of those commonly misunderstood ingredients. Tocopherols are found in everything from kibble, to training treats, supplements, shampoo, and more. In fact, tocopherols are one of the most common ingredients used in pet goods. But what are they, and why are they so popular?

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Antioxidants – Protecting Healthy Cells

Our bodies are battlegrounds against infection and diseases. Normal body functions, such as breathing or physical activity, and other lifestyle habits (such as smoking) produce substances called free radicals that attack healthy cells. When these healthy cells are weakened, they are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. Antioxidants — such as vitamins C and E and carotenoids, which include beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein — help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals.

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Sanofi, GSK team up on COVID-19 vaccine development

GSK’s AS03 pandemic adjuvant technology is already the subject of separate COVID-19 vaccine development collaborations with the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, with Sichuan Clover Biopharmaceuticals Inc., of Chengdu, China, and with Fujian, China-based Xiamen Innovax Biotech Co. Ltd. It comprises alpha-tocopherol, squalene and polysorbate 80, combined in an oil-in-water emulsion, and offers the potential for dose-sparing because of its immune-boosting properties.

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Eat Well: Food to nourish your immune system

Vitamin E is a vitamin that dissolves in fat, and it is a component needed for healthy cells to support our immune function. Hence, foods that are rich in vitamin E are those that contain natural oil, such as nuts and nut butters and seeds.

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