The "Other" Vitamin E
"Vitamin E" is actually a mixture of tocotrienols and tocopherols, two forms of the same vitamin. Like tocopherols (the "classic" vitamin E), tocotrienols are also potent antioxidants that protect against lipid peroxidation (the damaging of fats by free radicals).
Research has shown that although tocotrienols and tocopherols possess similar activity, they work slightly differently in the body. The very newest research shows that tocotrienols may be even more valuable to good health than the classic form of vitamin E, tocopherols.
Actions of tocotrienols:
- cholesterol-lowering properties not seen with regular vitamin E (tocopherols).
- Tocotrienols reduce AGEs (advanced glycosylated end-products),
- encourage healthy blood pressure levels and arterial health
- support normal blood sugar balance
- prevent fat oxidation
Both gamma- and delta-tocotrienols are powerful antioxidants working at the cells’ surface. Evidence indicates that tocotrienols are absorbed better than tocopherols.
The typical recommendation is 140 to 360 mg per day. Most studies have used 200 mg daily.
Contains: Tocotrienols 100 mg ( 90% Delta- Tocotrienols and 10% Gamma- Tocotrienols)
Other ingredients: Rice bran oil, gelatin, glycerin, water.
Suggested Dose: 1 or 2 softgels, one or two times daily or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
Product 193 - Tocotrienols 100 mg 60 Softgel capsules, $49.97
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