Tocotrienols are chemical in the vitamin E family. Vitamin E is a substance essential for the proper body and brain function. As with the other vitamin E chemicals, there are 4 types of tocotrienols found in nature: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Tocotrienols occur in the oils of rice bran, palm fruit, and wheat germ. Tocotrienols are also available in supplement form as capsules or pills. Researchers believe that tocotrienols have various 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-lowering properties.
Tocotrienols are not commonly found in nature and when they are, they tend to occur at very low levels. However, the palm, rice bran, and barley oils contain tocotrienols as well as wheat germ and oats. Palm oils are the most concentrated natural source of tocotrienols, but even so, you would have to consume an entire cup of palm oil every day to ingest the number of tocotrienols that experts suggest may have helpful effects on health. For higher levels of the substance, talk to your doctor about these tocotrienols supplements.
Normally, tocotrienols are found in synthetic supplements, it is sold in health food stores and pharmacies. Tocotrienols — mainly when taken along with squalene, phytosterols, and carotenoids — are linked to good health in several scientific studies. Specifically, tocotrienols may be helpful at reducing levels of bad cholesterol as well as the risks and effects of some cancers.
How does Tocotrienols Work?
Tocotrienols exist in different four forms alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta. Tocotrienols seem to have several different effects on the body. Tocotrienols might lower cholesterol levels and provide more heart health benefits. Tocotrienols also seem to benefit people with an inherited disorder called familial dysautonomia by increasing levels of a certain protein in blood cells.
Dosing Consideration about Tocotrienols
The appropriate dose of tocotrienols mainly depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not any scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for tocotrienols (in children/in adults). Just keep in mind one thing that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow appropriate directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician professional before using it.