Vitamin E: Setting the Record Straight

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 


Date: Tuesday, June 27, 12 PM CST (1 hour event)
CPEU Hours: 1.0
CPE Level: 2

For 90 years vitamin E research has produced prolific and notable discoveries, including isolation from plants, chemical identifications, and total syntheses. This eye-opening presentation will cover important milestones in vitamin E research, distinguish between the vitamin?s two subgroups (tocopherols and tocotrienols), and identify current sources and compositions of tocotrienols. Importantly, alpha-tocopherol interference with tocotrienol functions will be discussed, as well as the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties observed with tocotrienol application in cardiovascular and cardiometabolic disease, cancer, radiation exposure, and the aging bone. The latest studies will highlight tocotrienol?s role as the 21st century vitamin E.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the origins, history, and sources of vitamin E

  2. Identify vitamin E as a family of eight distinct vitamers

  3. Differentiate tocopherol and tocotrienol, including the functions and benefits

Speaker: Barrie Tan, Ph.D.

Dr. Barrie Tan, Ph.D earned his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Otago, and soon became a professor of chemistry and food science/nutrition at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research expertise includes lipid-soluble nutrients (carotenoids, E vitamers, CoQ10, and omega-3s). He was the first to introduce tocotrienol's benefits to the nutrition industry, and developed the first-ever tocopherol-free tocotrienol product derived from annatto. Today, his research focuses on lipid-soluble nutrients that impact chronic conditions. Dr. Tan is the senior editor of Tocotrienols: Vitamin E Beyond Tocopherols (2013), and continues to collaborate with numerous universities worldwide to further tocotrienol research.

Contact Information:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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