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VITAMIN E, An Essential nutrient for your Cardiovascular and Brain
Tocotrienols are chemicals in the vitamin E family. Vitamin E is a substance necessary for proper body and brain function. Dr.Abhay Kumar Pati, DSC
By: biotechayur, India
Dr.Abhay Kumar Pati, BAMS, MASF, DSc.
Tocotrienols are chemicals in the vitamin E family. Vitamin E is a substance necessary for proper body and brain function.
As with the other vitamin E chemicals, tocopherols, there are four types of tocotrienols found in nature: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Tocotrienols occur in the oils of rice bran, palm fruit, barley, and wheat germ. Tocopherols, on the other hand, are found mostly in vegetable oils such as olive, sunflower and safflower oils, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables.
These substances are also available in supplement form as capsules or pills. Although tocotrienols are structurally similar to tocopherols, each has slightly different health properties.
Experts believe that tocotrienols have many health benefits — some that are more powerful than those found in more common tocopherols. These include increased brain health and functionality, anticancer activity, and cholesterol-
Common forms and uses of tocotrienols
Tocotrienols aren't commonly found in nature and when they are, they tend to occur at very low levels. However, palm, rice bran, and barley oils contain tocotrienols, as well as wheat germ and oats.
Palm oil is the most concentrated natural source of tocotrienols, but even so, you would have to consume an entire cup of palm oil each day to ingest the amount of tocotrienols that experts suggest may have beneficial effects on health. For more higher levels of the substance, talk to your doctor about supplements.
Tocotrienols can also be found in synthetic supplements commonly sold in health food stores and pharmacies. While many people take vitamin E supplements, most only contain D-L alpha-tocopherol.
Tocotrienols, particularly when taken along with squalene, phytosterols, and carotenoids — are linked to good health in several scientific studies. Specifically, tocotrienols may be effective at reducing levels of bad cholesterol as well as the risks and effects of some cancers.
Page Updated Last on: Jul 12, 2021