Generally, Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that consists of eight natural isomers: tocopherol and tocotrienol. Scientific studies have proven that Vitamin E family, namely the Tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta) – plays a more important role than just regular Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol) alone. Apart from being a more powerful antioxidant than regular Vitamin E, tocotrienols have many other functions that regular Vitamin does not possess. Vitamin E Tocotrienols mostly found in vegetative tissues of plants. Palm oil is one of the most abundant sources of tocotrienol and mostly it is used for manufacturing tocotrienol supplements.
Tocotrienol supplements are also available in the market, and using them is a good way of knowing what you are adding to your diet. The required intake of vitamin E tocotrienol to achieve additional benefits may be higher than the current required daily intake.
Tocotrienols promote a healthy cardiovascular system and reduce the risk of heart attack by:
- Keeping blood vessel walls flexible and smooth so that they are not easily injured.
- Controlling inflammation-causing cytokines that may otherwise initiate plaque to build up.
- Preventing the oxidant of LDL cholesterol that causes it to stick readily on blood vessels.
- Inhibiting smooth muscle cell proliferation that may speed up the clogging of blood vessels.
- Preventing platelet ‘stickiness’ that causes blood clots.
But one of the most distinctive functions of tocotrienols is their ability to clear the atherosclerotic blockage in the carotid artery (the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain) to extensively reduce the risk of stroke.
While regular Vitamin E is not found to protect against cancer, Tocotrienols, especially delta and gamma – Tocotrienols, are found to show potent anti tumors properties, especially against breast, prostate and liver cancer.
Tocotrienols vitamin E inhibits cancer cell growth by preventing cancer cells from multiplying and spreading, and also inducing the death of cancer cells without affecting the surrounding healthy cells. Compared to the normal regular Vitamin, Tocotrienols also penetrate cell membranes better, from a more uniform distribution within the cell’s membrane and protect the DNA materials contained in the cells against damages that may eventually lead to cancer.
Oxidative stress is the major cause of premature skin aging, causing the skin to sag, wrinkles to appear, pigmentation to form and skin to appear unequally colored or blotchy. Regular Vitamin E tocotrienols always are known to improve skin health and delay aging .