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Is there a generic version of vitamin E?

Vitamin E itself is a generic. No one can patent a vitamin, but it is sold by many different manufacturers. Some supplements contain only alpha-tocopherol, the form of vitamin E in our blood, while others include related compounds (tocopherols, tocotrienols) that may provide additional health benefits. In addition, some alpha-tocopherol is produced synthetically (dl-tocopherol), while another form comes from natural sources (d-tocopherol). Your body needs twice as much of the synthetic version, compared to the natural form, in order to produce the vitamin E it can use. Vitamin E is sold as individual supplements and in multivitamin supplements, as well as in combination with other supplement ingredients.

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