According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc., the vitamin E market size is expected to exceed USD $2.4 billion by 2024.
According to the report, increased consumer affordability coupled with rising health concerns should drive global vitamin E market size. Rising applications scope in pharmaceutical industry for treating Alzheimer’s infection, diabetes, night cramps, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Huntington’s disease, is evaluated to fuel industry development.
Vitamin E is a type of antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. This vitamin is an essential nutrient to overall health and plays an important role in supporting brain, eye, cardiovascular, maternal and infant health, as well as protecting the skin.
Not enough vitamin E can result in infertility. It is also being studied in the prevention and treatment of some types of cancer.
How antioxidants work:
The human body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA. Here’s where antioxidants come in by neutralizing free radicals and donating one of their own electrons, ending the electron-"stealing" reaction. Antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin E act literally as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease.
Vitamin E is the most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant in the body. That is, it can dissolve in fats and oils. Food sources rich in vitamin E include vegetable oils, sunflower seeds, peanuts, broccoli, spinach, and avocado. Naturally sourced vitamin E products are also gaining wide acceptance in anti-aging creams, lotions, sunscreens, lipsticks, and creams.
Vitamin E exists in eight different forms: alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherol; and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienol. Alpha-tocopherol is the most active form in humans.
Alpha-tocopherol is the form that meets the body’s requirement for Vitamin E, and it is the form on which the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is based. The recommended dietary allowance for men and women is 15 mg The Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for adults is 1,000 mg per day for synthetic forms of Vitamin E from supplements, fortified foods, or a combination of the two.
This table from the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements lists the RDAs for alpha-tocopherol in both mg and IU of the natural form; for example, 15 mg x 1.49 IU/mg = 22.4 IU. The corresponding value for synthetic alpha-tocopherol would be 33.3 IU (15 mg x 2.22 IU/mg).
Table 1: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol) 
|0–6 months*||4 mg (6 IU)||4 mg (6 IU)|
|7–12 months*||5 mg (7.5 IU)||5 mg (7.5 IU)|
|1–3 years||6 mg (9 IU)||6 mg (9 IU)|
|4–8 years||7 mg (10.4 IU)||7 mg (10.4 IU)|
|9–13 years||11 mg (16.4 IU)||11 mg (16.4 IU)|
|14+ years||15 mg (22.4 IU)||15 mg (22.4 IU)||15 mg (22.4 IU)||19 mg (28.4 IU)|
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