For thousands of years discovering the secrets to a long life has been a primary goal for most of humanity. But sometimes figuring out if something is a help or a hindrance to longer life is complicated. Such is the case with vitamin E.
Vitamin E products have evolved from a product based on alpha-tocopherol to complete formulas that are bio-enhanced, non-GMO and derived from vegetable oils.
During the recently concluded Palm International Nutra-Cosmeceutical Conference (PINC 2017), speakers highlighted recent breakthroughs in palm tocotrienols research and the current clinical practices of using palm tocotrienols for disease management. Some of the highlights are:
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.
In order to enable an in-depth analysis, the global mixed tocopherols market is segmented based on types, end-use applications and geography. There are four types of tocopherols, namely, alpha tocopherol, beta tocopherol, gamma tocopherol and delta tocopherol.
NOT many people paid heed to tocotrienols 30 years ago, but of late, the scientific community just can’t seem to get enough of it. Just in the last five years alone, dozens of papers had been published on this lesser known form of vitamin E, which can actually exist in four forms, or isomers.
Byron J. Richards
Protection of both women’s and men’s sexual organs is important for survival and quality of life. Previously, I reported on exciting research relating to gamma tocotrienol and breast cancer in my article, Gamma Tocotrienol for Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment. New research now shows that gamma tocotrienol may be quite helpful for prostate cancer prevention and treatment.
Palm oil has a pretty bad reputation. The product of this hard-shell red fruit, harvested primarily on plantations in Southeast Asia, is typically used as cheap cooking oil for fried foods like noodles and curry puffs. Indeed, by the time the palm oil is processed, much of its nutritional value is destroyed. And the fact that it can congeal at room temperature makes it even look extra artery clogging.