(tocopherol, antisteril vitamin, youth vitamin)
Vitamin E was discovered in the early 20th century. Because of its role in the reproduction of various animal species it was named tocopherol, which is derived from the Greek words Tokos, which means - progeni, have children and pherin word meaning - to wear. Initially it was thought that this vitamin has no relevance for humans, but later was recognized its essential role in fetal development.
About the role of vitamin E in the body there are many different opinions, but here are included only scientifically confirmed or there are serious grounds for claims.
The term vitamin E encompasses a group of chemical compounds, of which are the most abundant α-, β- and γ-tocopherols, but the greatest biological activity shows α-tocopherol.