Overview

Vitamin E is an essential nutrient that contains tocotrienols and tocopherols. Both tocotrienols and tocopherols have similar chemical structures. The difference between tocotrienols and tocopherols is that tocotrienols have double bonds. Tocotrienols are often found in natural sources such as annatto, palm, or rice brain oil.

People use tocotrienols for high cholesterol, scars, cancer, an inherited disorder called familial dysautonomia, a build-up of fat in the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

Tocotrienols exist in four different forms: alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienols. Tocotrienols seem to have many different effects in the body. Tocotrienols might lower cholesterol levels and provide heart health benefits. Tocotrienols also seem to benefit people with a genetic disorder called familial dysautonomia by increasing levels of a certain protein in blood cells.

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