Tocopherol, also called vitamin E, is a complex combination of eight molecules. Tocopherol obtained from oily foods and vegetables such as fruits, milk, butter, eggs, vegetables, especially beans. Vegetables which contain most tocopherol is palm oil, wheat germ, soybean oil, corn oil, lettuce, beans, asparagus, bananas, strawberries, sunflower seeds, beans, sweet potatoes and green vegetables.
Type of tocopherol which has the activity of vitamin E and the most potential is alpha tocopherol. These compounds act as antioxidants which destroy harmful free radical compounds. With the destruction of free radicals, the reaction in the body's metabolism will return to normal. Unbridled free radicals will be able to slow down the aging process.
How much vitamin E or tocopherol that we need every day?
When vitamin E is used as an antioxidant, then someone will need at least 120 IU (international units) per day. But according to medical records, most people only consume a diet containing 10.4 - 13.4 IU tocopherol per day. To meet this need, vitamin E can be consumed from synthetic vitamin E (dl-a tocopherol). Actually intake of vitamin E daily rate of 10-30 mg is considered sufficient to maintain levels of vitamin E in the blood. But for maximum benefit, vitamin E required 100 to 400 IU per day.
If someone is able to meet this, then the process of premature aging can be prevented. Another benefit of tocopherol associated with delay premature aging are:
- Increase endurance, help manage stress, enhance fertility, minimizing the risk of cancer and coronary heart disease.
- Very important for skin health, by maintaining, improving skin elasticity and moisture, protects the skin from damage caused by ultraviolet radiation, as well as accelerate the wound healing process.
In its development, Vitamin E has been widely produced in the form of pills, capsules, which are sold freely on the market, making it easier to obtain.