Malaysia counts on S. Korea to relax tocotrienols import rules

Malaysia is not only appreciative of the interest shown by South Korea to purchase its palm oil, but also counting on the latter to relax its regulation on the import of tocotrienols (vitamin E), which are present in the commodity.

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Over RM40m spent on palm oil R&D since 2016

THE government has spent over RM40.1 million on the nation’s palm oil research and development (R&D) programmes between 2016 and September this year.

“In addition, clinical research studies on the consumption of palm oil, red palm oil, as well as palm phytonutrients in particular vitamin E tocotrienols to assess the effect on health, is also in progress,” said Teresa Kok.

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Boosting your brain function as you age

Research shows that tocotrienols protect against cardiovascular disease by decreasing artery stiffness, which occurs due to age and the accumulation of fatty plaques on our artery walls, and high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for many cardiovascular conditions.

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Why red palm oil is good for diabetics

Vitamin E from red palm oil can reduce damage to the nerves, eyes and kidneys in people with diabetes, an endocrinologist has told FMT.

Dr Khalid Abdul Kadir of Monash University said he had found that nerve damage was reduced in diabetics who were given 400 mg per day of Vitamin E tocotrienols derived from palm oil.

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Using the best form of Vitamin E: synthetic vitamin E vs natural succinate

Vitamin E naturally occurs in the form of D-α-tocopherol, and synthetic vitamin E, or DL-α-tocopherol acetate, is derived from fossil fuels, which makes it similar to gasoline and plastic. While there is no significant basis for the belief that synthetic vitamin E is harmful, there are reasons to suspect that alpha-tocopherol in its natural form is better for the body and more effective at treating oxidative stress and other conditions.

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There’s More Than One Type of Vitamin E — The Study of Tocotrienol and Chronic Conditions

Although research on tocotrienols is well underway, few have heard of this important, albeit elusive, member of the vitamin E family. Tocotrienols were first discovered in the late 1950s and—originally thought to be tocopherols—were mislabeled with Greek letters such as epsilon and zeta.6 The mistake was recognized,7,8 but official designations in the Merck Index were not corrected until 2001.9,10 It’s not surprising, then, that tocotrienols are only now emerging into public view, and the timing is fortuitous. According to the US Census Bureau, older adults (age 65 and older) will soon outnumber children, and with increasing age comes a heightened risk of chronic conditions. Tocotrienols may help prevent and address aging concerns through their antioxidant properties.

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What to Know About Vitamin E Here’s why you should probably get more of this antioxidant – in your diet

“Vitamin E plays a role in monocyte production, which are large white blood cells that fight against viruses and harmful bacteria,” explains Julie Stefanski, a registered dietitian for Stefanski Nutrition Services in York, Pennsylvania, and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Is Vitamin E Helpful or Harmful for Treating Acne?

Vitamin E is just one of the antioxidants touted as a potential acne treatment. Nutritionally speaking, vitamin E is an anti-inflammatory, which means it can help boost your immune system and help with cell regeneration. It’s thought that these properties may specifically help with inflammatory acne.

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Acute therapy with vitamin E may offer effective low-cost treatment for heart attack

Heart attack is a leading cause of death worldwide and new treatment strategies are highly sought-after. Unfortunately lasting damage to the heart muscle is not uncommon following such an event. Published in Redox Biology, the pre-clinical study sheds new light on the potential of the acute therapy with α-TOH (vitamin E) in patients presenting with heart attack, and may ultimately offer an effective low-cost treatment.

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