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Health benefits of tocotrienol consumption

Tocotrienols are chemical compounds that belong to the vitamin E family. This vitamin is a micronutrient necessary for the proper functioning of the body, in particular for maintaining the integrity of brain function. 

As with the other vitamin E chemical compounds, namely tocopherols, there are four types of tocotrienols found in nature. These are divided into alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocotrienols.

Tocotrienols are found naturally in the oils of rice bran, palm fruit, barley and wheat germ. In comparison, tocopherols are mostly formed in vegetable oils such as olive, sunflower, safflower, as well as in whole grains and leafy vegetables. 

These substances are also available as dietary supplements, either soft capsules or tablets. Although tocotrienols are structurally similar to tocopherols, there are some differences in their properties.

Most vitamin E supplements contain tocopherols, not tocotrienols. However, research suggests that tocotrienols are a more potent form of vitamin E than tocopherols. At the same time, scientists believe that tocotrienol has numerous health benefits, some of which are stronger than those of tocopherol, including promoting brain health and function, anti-cancer properties and lowering blood cholesterol levels.  

Health benefits of tocotrienol

Recent research suggests that tocotrienol contains powerful antioxidants that can fight inflammation in the body. This anti-inflammatory effect may have several health benefits, including:
  • 1. Protecting brain cells
Some research indicates that tocotrienol has neuroprotective effects and may play an important role in fighting Parkinson's disease. 
  • 2. Decreased risk of cancer
It is thought, based on several studies, that tocotrienol may reduce the risk of cancer by preventing free radical damage. Scientists suggest that tocotrienol may fight several types of cancer, including colon, prostate, lung, stomach, skin and liver cancer. 
  • 3. Promotes cardiovascular health
Tocotrienol can prevent inflammation that damages the heart and reduce blood cholesterol levels. 
  • 4. Boost the immune system
Animal research suggests a possible link between tocotrienol and improved immune system function. 
  • 5. Slowing the ageing process
According to a 2007 study1, the use of a tocotrienol-infused moisturiser can help to fade wrinkles and fine lines and significantly increase skin hydration levels. However, more studies are needed to confirm the link between tocotrienol and anti-wrinkle action. 
  • 6. Hair loss prevention
Researchers claim that there is a link between tocotrienol supplementation and preventing excess hair loss. 

Overall, the research currently underway on tocotrienol seems promising, but large clinical trials are needed to fully understand the potential health benefits of this form of vitamin E. 



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