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Reduced risk of Stroke and diseases shown with Natural Vitamin E Tocotrienol Supplements

July 16th, 2006

Reduced risk of Stroke and diseases shown with Natural Vitamin E Tocotrienol Supplements

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Studies from Ohio State University Medical Center found that taking a natural form of vitamin E was able to successfully reach the blood in humans, sufficient enough to reduce the risk of stroke and other diseases.  The research was first reported in the May issue of the journal Antioxidants & Redox Signaling.

Vitamin E is found in eight different forms in nature.  The most common vitamin E available as a supplemen is in the form of tocopherol (TCP).  The researchers in this study looked at tocotrienol (TCT).  Tocotrienol is found naturally in palm oil.


The researchers studied the effects of taking a moderate dose of 400 milligrams of time released tocotrienol in a supplement form.  The researchers took blood samples of the participants at two, four, six and eight hour intervals after taking the supplement.  They found that the vitamin E was successful in reaching the blood which would in turn help protect from neurological damage if a stroke occurred.

The Tocotrienol concentrations were on average 12 to 30 times higher that what was needed to prevent stroke induced neurodegeneration, according to senior researcher Chandan Sen, professor and vice chair of surgery, deputy director of the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute at OSU. 


Previously, it was believed that Tocotrienol was not able to be delivered to organs if it is eaten because a protein called tocopherol transfer protein (TTP) was not able to deliver Tocotrienol as easily as it does tocopherol.  The Tocotrienol was better absorbed when taken with a fat-containing food.  In order to increase absorption, the researchers had the participants eat a meal that contained 60 grams of fat.

"Our results demonstrate that TCT is efficiently delivered to the bloodstream despite the fact that the transfer protein has a lower affinity for TCT than it has for TCP," Sen said.

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