By Erik Goldman
Over the years, vitamin E supplementation has been promoted for prevention or mitigation of everything from cardiovascular disease to Parkinson’s. In clinical trials, however, vitamin E has rarely lived up to its potential.
That’s because most studies only use alpha-tocopherol---just one of the eight tocopherols and tocotrienols that comprise vitamin E. Recent research suggests that alpha-tocopherol may not be the most powerful of the eight. Taken alone, it may actually be detrimental.
Annatto (Bixa Orellana), an Amazonian tree that produces bright red seeds, has been used as a source of food and oil since 3,600 BCE. Modern research shows that annatto contains tocotrienol, a phytonutrient with extraordinary antioxidant properties. Annatto is the only plant source to provide exclusively the delta- and gamma-tocotrienols-- the most potent forms of vitamin E. Annatto is also free of tocopherols, an important feature since alpha-tocopherol interferes with tocotrienol biochemistry.
This webinar will cover milestones in vitamin E research, with special emphasis on distinguishing between tocopherols and tocotrienols, and the ways in which the widely used alpha-tocopherol interferes with tocotrienol function.
Dr. Barrie Tan, one of the world’s experts on vitamin E, will share clinically relevant data on tocotrienol’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in the context of cardiometabolic disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cancer, bone health, and overall cellular health. An overview of the latest randomized trials will highlight annatto tocotrienol’s role as the “21st century vitamin E.”
- The origins of vitamin E, it’s 8 isomers, and the diverse sources from which they’re derived.
- How the widely use alpha-tocopherol interferes with tocotrienol functions
- The impact of annatto tocotrienol on cardiometabolic and cellular health
- The benefits of annatto-derived tocotrienol with regard to healthy aging, and cardiometabolic, liver, bone, and cellular health.
- Guidelines for appropriate tocotrienol dosing for practitioners and consumers
Dr. Barrie Tan is a trailblazer and the world’s foremost expert on vitamin E. A scientist first and foremost, he earned his PhD in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand and spent several years as a professor at UMass. Credited with discovering a form of vitamin E called tocotrienol in three major sources – Palm, Rice, and Annatto, Dr. Tan was dubbed the “Tocotrienol King” by Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a highly respected integrative cardiologist. Dr. Tan is the President of American River Nutrition, a natural health R&D company he started with his wife, Elizabeth, in 1998. Today, his research focuses on lipid-soluble nutrients that reduce and slow chronic conditions.