Tocotrienols are friendly to your liver

You may not think much about your liver as you go through your daily routine, but you need it to be healthy to detoxify your body. Previous research suggests that palm oil-derived tocotrienols are beneficial to the liver. Now, there are more encouraging development.

Many common prescription medications to relief pain, such as acetaminophen, can be hard on your liver. Researchers point out that drug-induced liver injury accounts for more than half of all cases of acute liver failure in the U.S. 

A new study, published in Redox Biology Journal 2015, showed consumption of vitamin E tocotrienols may help protect the liver from drug-induced injury. 

Researchers found that alpha-tocotrienol was the most potent among the different types of vitamin E in terms of protecting liver cells from drug-induced injury. 

It also supported the regeneration of the remaining liver cells.

And the good news for oil palm planters is .... palm oil is nature’s richest source of vitamin E tocotrienols.

Despite this discovery, scientists highlighted both tocopherols and tocotrienols are healthful. They cited studies indicating protective roles of each vitamin E form for different health conditions. 

Therefore, one must not focus only on a specific vitamin E form (be it tocopherol or tocotrienol) and forgo the others.

Those studies included:

For neuroprotection: Alpha-tocotrienol is the most potent for potentially reducing stroke injuries. Further, European population studies suggest that people with higher levels of gamma-tocopherol, beta-tocotrienol and total tocotrienols have a significantly lower risk of cognitive impairment.

For oral bioavailability: Alpha-tocotrienol is the most easily absorbed by our bodies, followed by gamma-tocotrienol.

For heart health: Gamma-tocotrienol and delta-tocotrienol have been found to be equally effective at lowering cholesterol. Alpha-tocopherol has been shown to have no effect on cholesterol levels.

For liver support: A combination of tocopherols and tocotrienols has been shown to have protective effects against nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

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