The results of a recent study showed that the gene controlling vitamin E was found in corn kernels. This discovery is of course very important in an effort to improve the nutritional level and structure of corn seeds which will be very useful, especially for the animal feed industry whose raw materials are supplied from corn seeds.
The Cornell University biotechnology research team identified 14 genes along the genome that are associated with vitamin E synthesis in corn kernels. Of the 14 genes, six of them were newly discovered for protein markers that contribute to the formation of antioxidant substances tocochromanols which are collectively known as vitamin E. In line with their antioxidant properties, tocochromanols are thought to be associated with human heart health.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant involved in many body processes and operates as a natural antioxidant that helps protect important cell structures, especially cell membranes, from damage caused by free radicals. In carrying out its function as an antioxidant in the body, vitamin E works by finding, reacting and destroying the chain of free radical reactions. In this reaction, vitamin E itself is converted into a radical. However, these radicals will immediately regenerate into active vitamins through biochemical processes involving other compounds.