New research conducted at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center suggests an alternate form of natural vitamin E delays the progression of disease in patients awaiting liver transplantation, the only definitive therapy that reduces a patient’s morbidity, mortality and improves their quality of life. The study shows, for the first time, successful delivery of the vitamin – administered orally – to vital human organs such as the brain, heart, liver, skin and fatty tissue.
Charlotte Lo Buono
Italian scientists have found that vitamin E may be more effective than vitamin A in preventing UV-induced skin damage. Their data also suggest that certain compounds in the vitamin E family called tocotrienols are more effective at preventing photodamage to the skin than tocopherols, another group of compounds in the vitamin E family that are more well known and widely used in cosmetics. The team’s research was recently published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. According to a report by CosmeticsDesign.com, their findings indicate that tocotrienols, which have not been widely studied before, may have a use as an ingredient in skin care products including sunscreen and moisturizer.
People with decreased mental function and Alzhiemer’s disease are more likely to have low blood levels of vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols, suggest new findings from an international team of researchers.
Byron J. Richards,
The kidneys may be the weak link in the chain when it comes to problems with blood pressure and blood sugar, which are at epidemic levels in America. Nutrients that help protect the kidneys are likely to save untold health misery for potentially millions of people. A new study by University of Arkansas researchers shows that gamma tocotrienol has potent kidney-protecting properties.
Few people pay attention to the importance of vitamin E, much less to the multi-fractioned mirror image versions of the vitamin known as isomers (consisting of tocotrienols and tocopherols). Vitamin E has long been known as a nutrient that may play a role in maintaining heart health, but extensive new research explains that the vitamin in all its potent forms is required to dramatically lower the risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Very few people realize that there are eight different fractions of vitamin E known as tocotrienols that are essential to optimal health and protect against vascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Tocotrienols are so critical that new research demonstrates a shortage of these vitamin isomers can lead to premature chromosomal telomere shortening and reduced lifespan. Reporting in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, researchers show that tocotrienols can extend the length of the zipper-like genetic strands and protect against DNA damage. Natural food sources for tocotrienols are few, so it may be necessary to supplement with this vital nutrient to reap the amazing vascular and life-extending benefits.
Reports published online on June 15, 2011 in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism and on June 30, 2011 in the journal Stroke reveal the findings of Ohio State University professor Chandan K. Sen and his associates of protective effects for tocotrienols against the damage incurred by stroke. Alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocotrienols are four of the eight forms in which vitamin E occurs and, while not abundant in Western diets, are available in supplemental form.
A natural form of vitamin E called alpha-tocotrienol can trigger production of a protein in the brain that clears toxins from nerve cells, preventing those cells from dying after a stroke, new research shows.
Byron J. Richards
A study with human cells and tocotrienols has demonstrated potent anti-aging effects of tocotrienols, actually extending the length of telomeres while preventing damage to DNA. This study is knocking on the door of the fountain of youth. Tocotrienols, the most potent form of vitamin E, have garnered world-wide scientific attention for their ability to help kill cancer in tandem with and without cancer drugs, their ability to lower cholesterol in a safe way, and a literal mountain of impressive cardiovascular research that I recently reviewed in my article, Tocotrienols: Twenty Years of Dazzling Cardiovascular and Cancer Research.