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Vitamin E and Health

Edited by Edited by Frank Kelly (King's College London, London, UK), Mohsen Meydani (Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts), and Lester Packer (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California)
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Vitamin E and Health

Published: February 2005

Volume 1031

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Vitamin E was identified 80 years ago as a micronutrient essential for reproduction (fertility) in animals. Although widely acknowledged as the most important lipid-souble antioxidant, its precise role(s) in the maintenance of human health is still unclear. Indeed the use of vitamin E in a number of recent poorly designed intervention studies has only added to this uncertainty. In the fifteen years since the last major conference on vitamin E was held by the New York Academy of Sciences, a number of novel functions have been identified for the family of vitamin E molecules.