Vitamin E

by Lynnsy
(Syracuse, NY)

I am using Natpro currently and I was reading about Vitamin E and it looks as though sometimes Vit E is made from Wheat Germ Oil. I am allergic to gluten and your company had assured me earlier that there is no gluten in Natpro. However in your list of ingredients, under the Vit E, (dl-alpha tocopherol) you say that it is not made with vegetable oils because it has a tendency to go rancid but it doesn't say what it is made from so I was just curious if you could let me know if it is made from wheat germ oil.


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Oct 22, 2011
Vitamin E
by: Wray

Hi Lynnsy The leaflet actually says?. "dl-alpha tocopherol - vitamin E - all emulsions made with vegetable oils have the potential to go rancid. For this reason dl-alpha tocopherol is used as it?s an in vitro antioxidant" This doesn't mean the vitamin E will go rancid, but the oil in the cream. All emulsions need an antioxidant to prevent this. Although caprylic/capric triglycerides, the oil we use in the cream, is remarkably stable, so we could possible do away with an antioxidant. Yes, natural vitamin E can be extracted from wheat germ oil. But this doesn't act as an in vitro antioxidant, but as an in vivo antioxidant, ie it's the one we take. It cannot be used to stop the oil in the cream from oxidising. Natural vitamin D is d-alpha tocopheryl acetate. We use dl-alpha tocopherol, this is a synthesised form and can be used as an in vitro antioxidant. Take care Wray

Oct 27, 2011
by: Lynnsy

Hi Wray,
thanks for your response, but I'm totally confused by your answer. Are you saying that the vitamin E that you put in this cream does come from wheat germ oil?

thanks, Lynnsy

Mar 30, 2013
Vitamin E Source
by: Tom

Hi Wray, I am not sure if the Vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol)used in Natpro is gluten free. Based on your previous response from a couple of years ago concerning Vitamin E you mentioned that it can can be derived from Wheat Germ Oil. Could you please verify its composition? Since I have gluten sensitivity I need to avoid all types of foods and products with gluten.

Thank you,


Mar 31, 2013
Vitamin E Source
by: Wray

Hi Ted Yes it is gluten free. Unfortunately natural vitamin E cannot be used as an in vitro antioxidant, it doesn't work. It's excellent as an in vivo antioxidant of course. So all skin care manufacturers who use vitamin E have to use the dl-alpha version which is synthesised. The amount used is only 1% which is allowable under the terms of a skin care being natural. The vitamin E comes from DSM in the Netherlands. They don't have the Product Data Sheet on their website, but I'm pasting relevant info for you.....
E No.: E 307
Empirical formula: C29H50O2
Sulphated ash (residue on ignition): max. 0.1%
Organic volatile impurities: meets USP requirements
Assay: 97.0–102.0%
Food: as an antioxidant for fats and oils. Pharmaceuticals: for vitamin E solutions. Cosmetics: for stabilization of topical preparations
dl-α-Tocopherol meets all requirements of the USP, FCC and Ph. Eur. when tested according to these compendia.

I hope this helps. Take care Wray

Mar 31, 2013
Vitamin E
by: Ted

Wray thanks for the quick response and clarification on the Vitamin E.


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