The Tocotrienol King: Barrie Tan

Referred to as the “Tocotrienol King”, by Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a highly renowned and respected cardiologist, Dr. Barrie Tan is a pioneer and the world’s foremost expert on Vitamin E. He has been credited for discovering one of the most potent supplements of all times, the Tocotrienols! Dr. Barrie Tan has earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand and has several years of experience as a professor at UMass.

“I have two loves in my life: my wife, Elizabeth, and Tocotrienols”

Dr. Barrie Tan

Being a researcher and scientist, Dr. Tan sure loves his developments and research and this passion is what that helped in discover the Tocotrienols. But how did his journey begin?

In 1983, when he was in Malaysia, he noticed that the Palm produces carotenes (bright-coloured pigments important for photosynthesis) as a biproduct. This made him wonder that what might be the precise chemical components of the Palm oil. After returning to the U.S., he began his research, he discovered a light brownish portion which seemed to possess high antioxidant properties. And later he found out that they were Tocotrienols! He was amazed at their anti-oxidizing abilities. Later, he also discovered Tocotrienols in Rice, but this still wasn’t the end of the story.

In the late 1990s, when Dr. Tan was in South America, he was researching on some marigold flowers but what caught his eye was an annatto plant, just thirty feet away. He opened a fruit pod of the annatto plant and saw no flesh but seeds. He rubbed the seeds, and an intense red oil coated his hand. And the rest is history! Later when he went back to the U.S., he discovered that the Annatto contained only Tocotrienols unlike Palm and Rice which contained Tocopherols as well! Thus, finding the purest resources of Tocotrienols!

Till date, Dr. tan has held roles of Chief Scientific Officer and Scientific Board Member for several multinational organization. He also been associated and worked with the US Armed Forces and the Prince of Thailand. Today he has launched and head several successful businesses in the health and nutrition sector and owns innumerable patents and intellectual property.

He is not only a renowned researcher and scientist but also celebrated speaker who has been featured in several international conferences like ADA, IFT, HIS, ASN, NPA, A4M, AOCS, IAOMT, ICIM, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He has also been featured in several popular media which includes the Ben Greenfield and JJ Virgin podcasts.

Today, Dr. Tan is the president of a natural health R&D company which he started with his wife, American river Nutrition which manufactures the most potent Vitamin E and 100% Tocopherol free, DeltaGold (EANNATTO – Tocotrienol)!

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