RHR: The Health Benefits of Tocotrienols, with Dr. Barrie Tan

Dr. Barrie Tan, one of the world’s foremost experts in vitamin E, joins Chris Kresser in this episode of Revolution Health Radio to discuss tocotrienols and their health benefits. Dr. Tan talks about his discovery of the tocotrienol content in the annatto plant, explains how tocotrienols differ from and interact with tocopherols (the more commonly-known form of vitamin E), and discusses research showing the potential benefits of tocotrienols on everything from osteoporosis and bone health to inflammatory conditions, cardiovascular risk, metabolic conditions, and cancer prevention.

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Team Investigates Anti-Obesity Effects of Vitamin E Using Mouse Model

Obesity and its consequences on overall health have become a serious global problem. However, very few substances or drugs can fight obesity. In a recent study, Japanese researchers investigated the anti-obesity effects of tocotrienols, a subtype of vitamin E. Experiments showed that tocotrienols significantly reduce the weight gained by mice on a high-fat diet, while also lowering “bad” cholesterol levels. The results pave the way to efficient treatments for obesity.

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Top 8 Health Benefits Of Vitamin E

You all must have heard that Vitamin E is healthy and should be an important part of your diet. However, the reason may not be known to everyone. Well, you just checked into the right place to find your answers!

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The Difference Between Tocopherol and Tocotrienol

Tocopherol is one of the 2 members of the vitamin E family. The other member is known as tocotrienol. Vitamin E incorporates 8 different compounds. These include 4 tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta) and 4 tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta). Both of them require fat in the diet in order to be absorbed and distributed within the body. Although it may seem like the two members are similar, various differences exist between them as outlined below.

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Health and Nutritional Benefits of Palm Oil

According to a Smart Publications research report, “red palm oil has a higher bioavailability of antioxidant nutrients (proportion of nutrients that are usable by the body) than other vegetable sources and is a particularly important dietary oil for people who are not taking an excellent vitamin E supplement, with tocopherols and tocotrienols, and full-spectrum carotenoid nutritional supplement. It is considered the richest natural source of carotenoids with concentrations of 700- 1000 ppm. That’s 30 times more than is contained in carrots!”

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Palm Oil Effects on Health

Never demonize food but instead use good common sense. Everything is good and everything can be harmful. It depends on the quantity, age, physical activity, the place where you live, and lifestyle, I have written on this several times. Yet, the full scale campaign against palm oil continues. A lot of things have been said, creating great confusion. Here is the information, gathered through readings and meetings of researchers and doctors in Malaysia.

What is the composition.
Palm oil, derived from the oil palm fruit, has basically 40-45% saturated fat (palmitic acid), 39-40% fatty acids (oleic acid) and 10-11 % fatty acids (linoleic acid). The palmitic acid is the main saturated fat in meat, olive oil, breast milk (accounting for 25% of the fat), and dairy products such as cream, cheese, butter.

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Beyond Fish Oil: How to Lower Triglycerides Naturally with Tocotrienols

Decades of research utilizing alpha tocopherol, just one of the eight naturally occurring vitamin E compounds, has produced mixed results and has underwhelmed medical researchers who had high hopes for this potent antioxidant. But the new vitamin E kid on the block—tocotrienols—is putting vitamin E back in the spotlight. If you have stubbornly high triglycerides and are wondering how to lower triglycerides naturally using supplements beyond fish oil, tocotrienols might be the answer.

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Tocotrienol Emerges a Winner Among the Vitamin E Family Constituents For Its Role In Maintaining Lipid Balance

Vanessa Y. Lacuesta, Fong Chee Wai

WHO report states that cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Though preventable, an  expected 23.6 million people will die mainly from CVD by 2030. To help support cardiovascular health, the majority of nutraceuticals are directed towards promoting heart and blood vessel health through reduction in the level of body lipids such as cholesterol and triglyceride.

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Tocotrienol E Boosts HDL Cholesterol While Lowering Advanced Glycation End Products

Byron J. Richards

The tocotrienol form of vitamin E is now on an anti-aging tear. Recently I reported how this form of vitamin E was shown to extend the length of telomeres, enabling cells to live longer. A new human study shows that it boosts protective HDL Cholesterol while lowering a key marker of aging – advanced glycation end products. A new animal experiment shows that tocotrienols significantly reduce the damage from experimentally induced stroke. These new studies add even more evidence of the extreme health benefits offered by this special form of vitamin E, as I extensively reviewed in my previous article, Tocotrienols:  Twenty Years of Dazzling Cardiovascular and Cancer Research.

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