Vitamin E, also known as tocopherol, is the most important representative of fat soluble antioxidants. Its importance's illustrated by the fact that certain people lacking vitamin E are more prone to chronic diseases, while those with higher levels of vitamin E have less health problems and even slightly better physical abilities.
The scientists have started to ask why differences in vitamin E levels amongst people even occur. They have discovered it is not just food. Research has proven that a mutation can occur in the gene APOA5 which increases levels of vitamin E. People with such genetic makeup already have a higher level of vitamin E and, as a result, require a lower daily intake to optimise vitamin E levels. People with a common variant of the APOA5 gene have to include foods with more vitamin E into their menus in order to ensure optimal levels.