Upping the anti (oxidant) with vitamin E

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Upping the anti (oxidant) with vitamin E

Shaun Holt

Shaun Holt

Drawing of kangaroo rat
Research in the 1930s found, without vitamin E, fertilised rat eggs would not develop into healthy rat babies. Photo: getdrawings.com
Vitamin E refers to a group of eight compounds, all of them consisting of a hydrophobic chain end and a double ring end with an exposed hydroxyl (OH)

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