Mothers with Low Vitamin E Levels More Likely to Have Children with Asthma?

Children born to mothers with low vitamin E levels may be more likely to require asthma medications, according to data presented this week at the 2017 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

The study, from researchers at Vanderbilt and Northwestern University, followed 652 children and their mothers for the first 2 years of the child’s life. Researchers used post-pregnancy maternal samples to test mothers for 2 constituents, or isoforms, of vitamin E including alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol. There are 8 different isoforms, of which alpha- and gamma-tocopherol are the ones that scientists know the most about.

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Stoler specifically mentioned Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil as a way to incorporate healthy fats into meals and ‘spring clean’ the daily diet. “One of my favorite healthy fats is palm oil. It is naturally free of trans fats and it is non-GMO. Malaysian palm oil is a rich source of vitamin E tocotrienols, which support brain and heart health.” Palm oil also contains carotenoids, a source of vitamin A that may help protect against cancer and heart disease. “Palm oil’s fatty acids and antioxidants help raise beneficial HDL cholesterol,” Stoler added.

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The secret to baking healthier bread is vitamin E-rich palm oil

If you’re a baker, you may be interested in this fool-proof way to bake healthier bread. An Australian food scientist suggests using palm oil instead soybean or canola oil. Unlike those other oils, Malaysian sustainable palm oil is chock full of nutrients, and won’t break down at high temperatures. Oliver Buddrick, Ph.D., is not your ordinary scientist. He’s also a master pastry chef, and is studying ways to enhance baked goods’ health benefits. His recent Journal of Food Chemistry report details the benefits of using red palm oil when baking.

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Nature’s Best Kept Secret – Vitamin E Tocotrienols

Tocotrienol, a member of vitamin E family. The natural vitamin E family comprises four tocopherol and four tocotrienol isomers, namely alpha (α), beta (β), gamma (γ) and delta (δ). Throughout the past 30 years, very few vitamin E studies focused on tocotrienols although tocotrienols constitute half of the entire vitamin E family. In recent years, tocotrienol research has gained much prominence due to its potential health attributes. Tocotrienols are not only structurally different from tocopherols, but also possess biological functions which are not shared by the tocopherol isomers.

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Researchers find new clues about why we may want to add more Vitamin E tocotrienols to our diets

Researchers in Malaysia have uncovered another reason why you may want to start eating more foods rich in Vitamin E tocotrienols. In a new study published in the January 2012 issue of Nutrition Journal, it was revealed that these super healthy nutrients are more difficult for our bodies to absorb than other more common forms of Vitamin E, and that they appear to be metabolized (used up) faster.

The good news is that you may only need a tiny amount of tocotrienols in your body to get their neuroprotective benefits, and adding them to your diet is easier than ever.

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Seven facts about palm oil which may surprise you

Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet! About 2.3 billion people around the world currently depend on palm oil as an important part of their food supply. But here in the U.S., most of us are just learning to appreciate palm oil for its health, culinary and environmental benefits.

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How antioxidants aid in healthy living

Antioxidants are everywhere. Energy drinks, skin treatments, vitamin supplements, and cold remedies, and all extol the virtues of their special combination of health giving ingredients. To better understand antioxidants we have to start with oxidation, the chemical process of one substance “stealing” an electron from another and changing, or destroying it. You don’t have to understand the chemistry to get the picture. Graphic examples are all around us. When iron is oxidized, it becomes rust. The same process is seen when a slice of potato or avocado is left in the open air. Oxidation changes the intrinsic nature of the substance.

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Magazine profiles the benefits of exotic palm oil

Although not well known in the United States, palm oil has been the oil of choice in many part of the world for centuries. Interest in this natural oil, as well as other exotic oils such as coconut and avocado, is rising, due in part to their health benefits. Reporter Laura Cassiday profiled red palm oil in the February 2017 edition of Inform Magazine. In the article, she shared red palm oil’s health benefits and reviewed how the minimally processed oil is produced. The Malaysian palm oil industry has developed and patented a low-temperature refining process that produces a high quality and nutrient-rich oil.

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8 skin clearing remedies you should know

Purchase liquid vitamin E. Dab the liquid onto the dark spots on your face. If you don’t have liquid vitamin E, buy vitamin E capsules. Open the capsules and mix with little water until a thin liquid is formed. This remedy provides the skin with plenty antioxidants to help even your skin tone.

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Food for thought—and your lungs

The lungs cry for vitamin E. Researchers at Harvard University have found that those persons who have an ample amount of vitamin E in their diets are less likely to have attacks of asthma. It has been shown that vitamin E relaxes the smooth muscle surrounding the small tubes in the lungs, preventing them from collapsing. Vitamin E can be found in such foods as wheat germ, almonds, sunflower seeds, whole grain cereals, spinach and kale. If your diet is low in these foods, a supplement of vitamin E (200 IU to 400 IU) may help to prevent asthma.

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