Wednesday, February 07, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
A new study revealed that vitamin E — in particular tocotrienol — could improve the bone density of postmenopausal women. The study was carried out by a group of scientists from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Georgia State University who assessed the benefit of vitamin E to bone health.
In the study, 89 postmenopausal women with osteopenia, a condition wherein bone mineral density is lower than normal, took part and were randomly divided into three groups. A placebo group was given 430 milligrams (mg) olive oil per day, while a low tocotrienol group had 430 mg of 70 percent pure tocotrienol per day. Finally, a high tocotrienol group received 860 mg of 70 percent pure tocotrienol per day. The participants were given soft gel capsules of their assigned group to be taken every day for 12 weeks.
It was revealed that the supplementation of tocotrienol for 12 weeks reduced bone resorption and enhanced bone turnover rate by suppressing bone remodeling regulators in postmenopausal women with osteopenia.
“This study showed that supplementation of tocotrienols, mainly delta-tocotrienols, suppressed bone [bone remodeling regulators],” the researchers wrote in the report. “Such osteoprotective tocotrienol’s effects may be, in part, mediated by an inhibition of oxidative stress.”
Barrie Tan, founder and president of American River Nutrition which sponsored the study, explained that tocotrienol does not act like vitamin D, which supports calcium in building bones. Instead, tocotrienol acts directly with living bone cells, to make a balance that is beneficial to the build-up of bones. The findings of the study were published in the journal Osteoporosis International.
Tocotrienols are a form of vitamin E that is less common than tocopherols. There are more tocopherols in people’s diets, and some vitamin E supplements only contain tocopherols. There are four forms of tocotrienols: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta tocotrienol. The nutrient, rich in antioxidants can be found in rice bran, oats, barley, rye, and crude palm oil. Here are some other benefits that tocotrienol can provide.
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