Tocotrienols

The other half of natural vitamin E.

Ahmed Atia, Azman Abdullah

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Abstract

Vitamin E, the most essential lipid-soluble antioxidant, are hydrophobic fat-soluble compounds found in a wide variety of food sources such as vegetable oils, fruits, corn oil, peanuts, nuts, and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin E occurs in nature in at least eight different isoforms: α, β, γ, and δ tocopherols and α, β, γ, and δ tocotrienols. The small structural differences between vitamin E isoforms have a significant influence on vitamin E metabolism. All forms of vitamin E possess antioxidant activity however, tocotrienols have been shown to have more powerful antioxidant potential than tocopherols. In addition to their potent antioxidant activity, tocotrienols have other significant functions, particularly in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system and a possible role in protection against cancer and other diseases. In this review, the benefits and superior function of tocotrienols including their role and potential in cardiovascular disease and cancer are elaborated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-543
Number of pages11
JournalResearch Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Antioxidant
  • Tocochromanols
  • Tocopherols
  • Tocotrienols
  • Vitamin E

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  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Tocotrienols : The other half of natural vitamin E. / Atia, Ahmed; Abdullah, Azman.

In: Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2014, p. 533-543.

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