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July 1999 Issue

Choosing Natural Vitamin E Requires Extra Label Scrutiny

Q. I've heard natural vitamin E is better than synthetic E. My vitamin E supplement is labeled "natural," but also "blended." Which am I getting?A. Blended vitamin E supplements contain both natural and synthetic E. You're right that natural E is preferable, but as a rule, blends tend to have very little natural E because synthetic is cheaper. Yet, because of fuzzy Food and Drug Administration regulations, companies can still label such products

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