Tocotrienols are a part of the family of Vitamin E.
Basically, Vitamin E is made up of four kinds of Tocotrienols, alpha, beta, Gamma and delta, respectively.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and it protects the active enzyme sites, cell membranes and DNA in the body from damage caused by free radicals.
Tocotrienols is present naturally in certain vegetable oils, barley, saw palmetto, wheat germ, and certain varieties of grains and nuts.
The Tocotrienols category of nutrient is present in very minute quantities in nature.
There are several known benefits of Tocotrienols, a few of which are listed below:
Tocotrienols is considered as an important and structural component belonging to the vitamin family which means that one can get great benefits from taking it.
Tocotrienols have the power to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 35%. This reduces the possibility of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular abnormalities.
They also have the capacity to boost up the immune system, thereby protecting the body from cell damage.
Tocotrienols are believed to reduce the possibility of cancer, especially in regard to liver cancer.
People with a vitamin E deficiency should take Tocotrienols.
As Tocotrienols has a good effect on cholesterol levels, people with a high cholesterol level are advised to take this.
People who are recovering from a major surgery or some serious illness can received a great benefit from Tocotrienols.
There have been several studies on the benefits of Tocotrienols, on different age groups ranging from 21 to 68 years. The results have shown an overall reduction in DNA damage, in the three groups who took Tocotrienols.
In case of sensitivity to this vitamin, care should be taken. The following side effects may occur:
There are indications that an overdose of Tocotrienols can lead to high blood pressure.
Gastric problems like nausea, gas and stomach gas can occur as a result.
Other side effects are breathing difficulties, rash, itching, facial swelling, headaches and chest pain.
Depending on age and gender, a capsule or two a day should be enough to get some benefit from Tocotrienols. This should not be taken with fiber supplements. It is best taken with a meal that contains fat. It is advisable to take go by doctor’s prescription.