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General
  • Tocopherol, known as vitamin E, describes a series of organic compounds consisting of a methylated phenols. The various derivatives are  also vitamin E. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant.
  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, protects your cells from oxidation, and neutralizes unstable free radicals, which can cause damage.  This is done by the vitamin E giving up one of its electrons to the electron deficient free radical, making it more stable. While Vitamin E  performs its antioxidant functions, it also protects the other antioxidants from being oxidized.
  • Vitamin E is found in nuts, oils, vegetables, sunflower seeds, whole grains, spinach, oils, seeds, wheat oils, asparagus, avocado, beef, seafood,  apples, carrots, celery etc 
Technology Used for Extracting Tocopherol
  • CPC technology is a new purification technique that allows researchers to develop innovative new compounds. It can create and custom  manufacture purified materials that cannot be produced practically with other methods. As well, it achieves higher levels of purification  than previously possible. The results are innovative products for targeted markets, along with accelerated market entry.
  • The DME process is a continuous batch system that uses a cold pressing unit for making coconut oil from freshly grated coconut. It is  based on a system of manual extraction of oil from finely grated, fresh, semi-dry coconut. The oil also contains extra vitamins and tocopherols that are stripped off in the heat and pressure of commercial oil extraction methods.
  • The vitamin E (α, (β + γ) tocopherol) contents present in alfalfa (fresh or dehydrated) were analysed using near infrared spectroscopy  (NIRS) technology together with a remote reflectance fibre-optic probe
Extraction Process
  • Standard analytical methods for the extraction of alpha-tocopherol often involve a hydrolysis step employing sodium or potassium  hydroxide. The hydrolysis ensures that alpha-tocopheryl esters, such as added a-tocopherol acetate, are converted to free  alpha-tocopherol and made soluble in organic solvents.
  • Microwave-assisted extraction was reported to be useful in extracting persistant organic pollutants, pesticides, phenols, metals, polymers,  and pharmaceuticals and natural products.
Market
  • The demand for vitamin E is expected to grow over the next five years. A report by Frost & Sullivan last year said the Western European  vitamin E market saw revenues of around 72.4m in 2004. It predicts that the market will grow by around 105m by 2011.
  • Demand for vitamin E is being driven by the feed market - for 70 per cent of global supply goes to animal nutrition - but also by new  research supporting its use in cosmetic applications, with growth in these areas expected to be sustained for the next five years.
  • Strong growth in functional beverages - estimated to be around 70 per cent in the next ten years - will continue to boost demand in this  area, while nutrition bars also use increasing amounts of vitamin E.
     
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