Source: Agricultural Research Service

Agricultural Research Service scientists have found that weather and climate play key roles in levels of a family of antioxidants tucked inside soybean seeds. Lead plant physiologist Steven Britz of the ARS Food Components and Health Laboratory, part of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Md., collaborated on the study with William Kenworthy with the University of Maryland in College Park.

The researchers found that weather and climate are significant factors affecting soybean seed tocopherol content. Tocopherols are a family of antioxidants that protect biological membranes. Among this family, alpha-tocopherol is the active form of vitamin E in humans.

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