How COVID-19 revitalized interest in familiar letter vitamins

Back-to-basics As, Bs, and Cs (and Ds, and Ks, and Es) are basking in vitamins’ newfound glow.

Jia Zhang Lee, executive director, Davos Life Science (Singapore), notes that his company has seen a steady increase in demand for vitamin E tocotrienols in particular. “Research studies have shown that tocotrienols have positive health benefits in the management of hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes,” Lee notes. “These chronic conditions predispose individuals to the more severe form of COVID-19, and therefore there’s been growing interest in tocotrienol supplementation to help promote the prevention of these chronic diseases.”

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MPOB develops three palm-based technologies for commercialisation

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) has developed three advanced palm-based technologies for commercialisation.

In a statement on Friday, it said the first is the process and formulation of palm vitamin E/ tocotrienol-rich fraction (TRF) chewable tablet. The second is palm oil-based polyol for floor coverings for indoor and outdoor and sports flooring markets while the third is a moisturising hand sanitiser with Vitamin E. MPOB said the three are among the technologies approved by the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities for commercialisation.

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Palm tocotrienol complex protects against diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is one of several diabetes related complications and now is the leading cause of new onset blindness among individuals aged 20–64 years old.In the study, Streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats were divided into two treatment groups based on the route of administration of treatment — oral treatment group and topical treatment group.

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Why red palm oil is good for diabetics

Vitamin E from red palm oil can reduce damage to the nerves, eyes and kidneys in people with diabetes, an endocrinologist has told FMT.

Dr Khalid Abdul Kadir of Monash University said he had found that nerve damage was reduced in diabetics who were given 400 mg per day of Vitamin E tocotrienols derived from palm oil.

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10 foods rich in vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble compound with antioxidant properties. Getting enough vitamin E is essential for the immune system, blood vessel health, and keeping the skin youthful.

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Tocotrienol from palm may slow the progression of diabetic kidney disease, says new study

Supplementation with a full-spectrum palm tocotrienol complex may slow the progression of diabetic kidney disease in those with type 2 diabetes, a new study published in Nutrients1 found. Patients with diabetic kidney disease have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease events, hospitalization, cognitive dysfunction, and poor quality of life, say the researchers. In the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 45 patients who have had type 2 diabetes for an average of 18.5 years, and diabetic kidney disease, were assigned to receive either placebo or the tocotrienol complex (400 mg/day) for eight weeks.

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Moderation is the key when it comes to vitamin E

For thousands of years discovering the secrets to a long life has been a primary goal for most of humanity. But sometimes figuring out if something is a help or a hindrance to longer life is complicated. Such is the case with vitamin E.

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