Stay Young & Slim With These Vitamin E Rich Foods

Want to Slow Aging and reduce weight naturally? Then start eating foods rich in Vitamin E. These foods are not only rich source of antioxidants but also prevent free radical damage to specific fats in the body that are critical for your health. Vitamin E is found only in plant foods, including certain oils, nuts, grains, fruits and wheat germ. It is also available as a supplement.

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Vitamin E: The Right Amounts For Your Optimal Health

Even on a healthy diet, did you know that you might not be getting enough vitamin E? Even supplements might be the wrong decision. Today I want to have a conversation about vitamin E – what it can do for you, how much you need of it, and where you can find it.

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Annatto Tocotrienol Improves Fatty Liver Index in Patients

Delta-tocotrienol from annatto decreased biomarkers associated with fatty liver, suggests a published clinical study in patients diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

A recent study conducted at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Pakistan, and published in the Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology, adds new data to a growing body of evidence that shows tocotrienol benefits for the liver.

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What are the symptoms of low vitamin E?

The body needs vitamin E to function, making it an essential vitamin. It is fat-soluble, meaning that it requires fat from the diet to be properly absorbed. Vitamin E is mainly stored in the liver before being released into the blood stream for use.

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Effects of Delta-tocotrienol Supplementation on Liver Enzymes, Inflammation, Oxidative stress and Hepatic Steatosis in Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Pervez MA, Khan DA, Ijaz A, Khan S.

Turk J Gastroenterol. 2018 Mar;29(2):170-176. doi: 10.5152/tjg.2018.17297.

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIMS:

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a growing public health problem worldwide and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Currently, there is no definitive treatment for this disease. δ-Tocotrienol has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and may reduce liver injury in NAFLD. The present study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of δ-tocotrienol in the treatment of NAFLD.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The present study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study conducted in patients aged > 20 years, belonging to both sexes, having ultrasound-proven fatty liver disease, having a fatty liver index (FLI) of ≥ 60, and persistent elevation of alanine transaminase. A total of 71 patients were assigned to receive either oral δ-tocotrienol (n=35, 300 mg twice daily) or placebo (n=36) for 12 weeks. At the baseline and at the end of the study, clinical and biochemical parameters, including lipid profile, liver function tests, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and malondialdehyde (MDA) were measured. Body mass index and FLI were calculated, and ultrasound grading of hepatic steatosis was performed.

RESULTS:

Out of 71 enrolled patients, 64 patients, 31 in the δ-tocotrienol group and 33 in the placebo group, completed the study. After 12 weeks of supplementation, δ-tocotrienol showed greater efficacy than placebo by decreasing serum aminotransferases, hs-CRP, MDA, and FLI score (p<0.001). However, it did not improve hepatic steatosis on ultrasound examination. No adverse effects were reported.

CONCLUSION:

δ-Tocotrienol was safe, and it effectively improved aminotransferase levels and inflammatory and oxidative stress markers in patients with NAFLD. Large-scale randomized clinical trials are warranted to further support these findings.

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The Difference Between Tocopherol and Tocotrienol

Tocopherol is one of the 2 members of the vitamin E family. The other member is known as tocotrienol. Vitamin E incorporates 8 different compounds. These include 4 tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta) and 4 tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta). Both of them require fat in the diet in order to be absorbed and distributed within the body. Although it may seem like the two members are similar, various differences exist between them as outlined below.

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An E-xcellent local oil – The Star

They are a source of energy and nutrients for our bodies, as well as antioxidants that protect our cells against the effects of free radicals and help to reduce inflammation. These are the good oils that should form a small but essential part of our daily diet. While there are many types of oils out there, an excellent one in our very own backyard is palm oil, which contains a high level of vitamin E.

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Health Benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant, can only be obtained as a food supplement, but has widely-known health benefits for the skin, heart and brain. Deficiency of vitamin E is rarely naturally-occurring, but when it does appear, it is typically caused by fat malabsorption disorders or genetic abnormalities. Vitamin E is well-known in the cosmetic world for its skin benefits, but also protects against toxins that can deteriorate the eyes and brain.

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