Innate function of vitamin E

Amber C. Howard, Paul L. McNeil

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

For almost a century, the biological role of vitamin E has been a scientific puzzle. Diets deficient in vitamin E lead to disease, specifically involving muscle, but the mechanism involved remained unsolved. Recent studies, reviewed here, show that vitamin E improves skeletal muscle cell survival after membrane injuries typically induced by exercise, namely by robustly promoting the rapid repair response a cell mounts to patch membrane tears. This capacity for repair promotion can explain why vitamin E is essential for muscle health. Understanding the biological function of vitamin E might provide the needed direction in the application of vitamin E as a beneficial supplement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAgro Food Industry Hi-Tech
Volume23
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • Antioxidant
  • Membrane repair
  • Muscle
  • Repair
  • Tocopherol
  • Trolox
  • Vitamin E

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Cite this

Howard, A. C., & McNeil, P. L. (2012). Innate function of vitamin E. Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech, 23(4 SUPPL.).