Vitamin E – Tocotrienol
What is it?
Tocotrienols are a unique family of four vitamin E compounds. The vitamin E family is made up of eight separate, but related molecules, including four tocopherols (alpha, beta, delta, and gamma) and four tocotrienols (also, alpha, beta, delta, and gamma). Tocotrienol is a natural compound that can be derived from 3 natural sources – palm, rice and the tropical annatto plant native to South America. Tocotrienols derived from the annatto plant has shown to have superior antioxidant power and consistent anti-tumor benefits and contain 100% delta- & gamma- tocotrienol – the most potent tocotrienols.
What has it been shown to do?
Through clinical studies within the last decade, tocotrienols have been shown to help chemotherapy drugs work more efficiently, especially in resistant and recurring cancer cells. Delta- and gamma- tocotrienols especially have promising benefits for recurrent ovarian cancer patients. Additional studies have shown its ability to kill cancer cells, increase cancer patient survival, lower lipids, lower inflammation, protect the liver, and promote bone health. Remarkably, tocotrienols have an ability to tell the difference between healthy cells and cancer cells. In the case of cancer, tocotrienols have the ability to weaken cancer cell proliferation.
Who discovered it?
Dr. Barrie Tan discovered the three main sources of tocotrienols – rice, palm and annatto. According to Tan, the discovery of the antioxidant properties of the annatto plant is considered his ‘One Plant Wonder’ since it contains delta- & gamma- tocotrienol exclusively.
Dr. Barrie Tan
Ovarian Cancer Study using Delta Tocotrienol
The Potential Health and Cancer Fighting Benefits of Annatto E with Barrie Tan, Ph.D. –