Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a nutrient essential for life and critical to every cell in the body. It plays a key role in cell structure and ranks as one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. Used as a preservative in a wide variety of foods and ingredients, such as fats and oils, baked goods, sauces and dressings, fried foods, meats, snacks and other processed foods, it delays oxidation and rancidity, extends shelflife and improves the organoleptic characteristics of foods. Food Ingredient Solutions offers a wide variety of natural tocopherol systems under the Tocobiol brand. Tocopherols also add significant health benefits that include cardiovascular protection, anti-aging and anti-disease properties. It helps protect against certain cancers, as well as cognitive disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It also is important for eye health, staving off age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. It achieves these benefits primarily by blocking free oxygen radicals, being an integral part of cellular structure and performing as an anti-inflammatory. Tocobiol is a natural tocopherol product extracted from plant sources, without the use of chemical solvents. It is thermo-resistant and not degraded under commonly employed heating/cooking/frying operations. Neutral in flavor, it is completely soluble in fat and oil matrices and does not alter color of the final product. It also readily replaces synthetic preservatives, such as BHA, BHT and TBHQ, as a natural alternative.