Narrator: This is Science Today. To get the most out of Vitamin E supplements, University of California, Berkeley researcher Stephan Christen says we should balance taking the vitamin with a healthy diet...
Christen: Based on fruits and vegetables and weíre talking about five servings a day, so I think that 90 percent of people in the U.S. donít actually have a diet that is so good, so this would be ideal to achieve.
Narrator: Christen and his colleagues have found that a form of vitamin E, called gamma tocopherol, found in soybean products, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, plays a vital role in staving off disease. Yet Christen says itís stripped away by high doses of alpha-tocopherol, the form of vitamin E sold in stores. He says a formula containing equal parts gamma and alpha would be ideal but in the meantime, Christen says get it naturally.
Christen: A healthy, balanced diet is going to give you all the different compounds that you need.
Narrator: And that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. For Science Today, Iím Larissa Branin.