Vitamin E is quite celebrated for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties. Over the years, Vitamin E has been believed to provide several benefits including, anti-aging, enhancing cardiovascular health, skin health, enhancing cognitive abilities, and many more. But what if someone told you that the usual Vitamin E you are buying from the market barely, does any good to you, and is probably the wrong kind of Vitamin E supplement you are buying? Sounds like a conspiracy, right?
Well, it isn’t a conspiracy. If you dive deep down and read some latest research and studies on Vitamin E, then you will realize that the kind of Vitamin E supplement you have been buying from the market has barely done any good to you! Moreover, in several cases, it may have even harmed your body! Hence, should you stop buying Vitamin E supplements? Of course, no! All you need to keep in mind is that you need to buy the ‘right’ Vitamin E supplement.
But what would the ‘right’ Vitamin E be? Vitamin E is a family of two groups – Tocopherols and Tocotrienols. Each of these groups has 4 isomers, namely, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. Most of the Vitamin E available in the market is Tocopherol, particularly Alpha-Tocopherol based. It has been observed in recent research that Tocopherol-based Vitamin E barely does any good to the body. Hence, it’s consumption should be discouraged.
But then, Vitamin E is important. So, is there an alternative? Yes. Tocotrienol-based Vitamin E is the ‘right’ Vitamin E and has been observed to have 50 times more antioxidant potency than Tocopherol-based Vitamin E!
DeltaGold Tocotrienol: Not a Conspiracy but a Super Antioxidant!
The activities of antioxidants for prevention and suppression of cardiovascular diseases were discovered in the early 1980s and 1990s while Tocotrienols were discovered in the mid-1960s. Things escalated when in the 1990s, Dr. Barrie Tan, a researcher, discovered something strange about the Annatto plant, which he found in the jungles of Amazon. The fruit pod of that plant had no flesh but only seeds, which stained his hands with intense red oil. He investigated the properties of that red oil and discovered one of the most potent antioxidants of all time, the Tocotrienols! Although Tocotrienols had been discovered in Palm oil and Rice bran oil, both these sourced had 50% Tocotrienols mixed with 50% Tocopherols. But this was the first time when a source with 100% pure Tocotrienols was discovered.
After the discovery of Tocotrienols in the Annatto plants, several research and studies were conducted for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties. All these studies and research stunned the professors and researchers. To summarize, this is what was observed in those studies:
- DeltaGold Tocotrienol was 50 times more potent antioxidants than Tocopherol.
- DeltaGold Tocotrienol helped in healthy aging and helped prolong life in patients suffering from cancers, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular diseases, and many more chronic ailments.
- It calmed the cells and kept inflammation at bay.
- It Protected Cell membranes.
- Annatto DeltaGold Tocotrienol promoted brain health and prevented diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Delta-Tocotrienol and Gamma-Tocotrienol (DeltaGold Tocotrienol) help strengthen bones and also help post-menopausal women suffering from osteopenia.
- It helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels, thus promoting cardiovascular health and preventing diseases like artery rupture, diabetes, obesity, and many more.
- Tocotrienols protect several vitamin organs of the body like liver, heart, eyes, etc. as they prevent diseases like NAFLD, cataract, several cardiovascular diseases, and almost all kinds of cancers.
But what is wrong with Tocopherols?
To understand the difference between Tocotrienols and Tocopherols and why Tocotrienols are better than Tocopherols, we will need to investigate their structure. Tocopherols have larger molecular bodies than Tocotrienols.
Structural differences between Tocotrienol and Tocopherol
As you can see in the above picture, Tocotrienols have a shorter tail that does not anchor deeply into the cell membrane. This enables them to move around the cell membrane faster and hence intercept free radicals more easily. Free radicals harm the cell membrane, so their interception is necessary. Tocopherols have longer tails that get anchored deeply into the cell membranes and hence move 50 times slower than Tocotrienols. They fail to intercept free radicals.
Also, Tocotrienols have smaller heads especially, Delta-Tocotrienol (DeltaGold Tocotrienol), which helps them move into the cell more easily as compared to the larger heads of Tocopherols. Moreover, unlike Tocopherols, Tocotrienols have unsaturated tails that enable more lipid oxidation protection because of their super bioavailability to cell membranes.