Introduction: Why (Another) Book on Vitamin E?

  • Peter WeberEmail author
  • Marc Birringer
  • Jeffrey B. Blumberg
  • Manfred Eggersdorfer
  • Jan Frank
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)

Vitamin E is a well-described, fat-soluble essential micronutrient and, as such, must be provided to the human body on a regular basis to prevent deficiency symptoms and maintain a healthy status. As vitamin E was discovered close to a century ago, there is a wealth of data about this vitamin in the public domain, reported in original research articles and reviews as well as in many books addressing its mechanisms of action and preclinical investigations as well as its benefits and safety profiles in human studies. So, one may ask: Why another book on vitamin E?

Despite the huge body of evidence about vitamin E accumulated over time, many issues remain unsettled, and inconsistent study results always pose new questions. However, the scientific progress we have experienced over the last decade has provided new insights into the mode(s) of action of vitamin E and the biological roles of individual tocopherol and tocotrienol congeners that shed new light on the roles of vitamin E in human...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Weber
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marc Birringer
    • 2
  • Jeffrey B. Blumberg
    • 3
  • Manfred Eggersdorfer
    • 4
  • Jan Frank
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Nutritional Sciences, University of HohenheimStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.University of Applied Sciences FuldaNutritional, Food and Consumer SciencesFuldaGermany
  3. 3.Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on AgingTufts UniversityBostonUSA
  4. 4.University Medical Center GroningenHanzeplain 1GroningenThe Netherlands

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