light yellow liquid
vitamin E, antioxidant
α-Tocopherol is the most bioactive of the naturally occurring forms of Vitamin E. Richest sources are green vegetables, grains, and oils, particularly palm, safflower and sunflower oils.
ChEBI: An alpha-tocopherol that has R,R,R configuration. The naturally occurring stereoisomer of alpha-tocopherol, it is found particularly in sunflower and olive oils.
Vitamin E is a viscous yellow oil which is distilled at high vacuum. It has max at 294nm (E1cm 1% 71). It is oxygen and light sensitive and is best stored as its stable D--acetate [58-95-7] which is purified by evaporative distillation at b 180-200o(bath temperature)/0.7mm, and has  D 25 +3.3o (c 5.1, EtOH). It forms needles at -30o and has m 26.5-27.5o,  D 25 +0.25o (c 10, CHCl3). [NMR: Cohen et al. Helv Chim Acta 6 4 1158 1981, Burton & Ingold Acc Chem Res 1 9 194 1986, Karrer et al. Helv Chim Acta 2 1 520 1938, Robeson J Am Chem Soc, 64 1487 1942, 65 1660 1943.] Of the eight isomers the D--isomer is the most active. [See W. Friedrich “Vitamins” Walter de Guyter Publ, Berlin 1988.] [Beilstein 17/4 V 168.]