The Vitamin E family can be broken down into two molecule groups, tocopherols and tocotrienols, which are collectively referred to as tocols. Tocotrienols can be further broken down into four subgroups: alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta- tocotrienols. The best source of tocotrienols is plant oils; the richest being palm oil, rice bran oil, and coconut oil. They can also be found in cereal grains like barley, oat and rye. Tocotrienols are best known for their antioxidant abilities. They are lipid (fat)-soluble and can hunt down peroxyl radicals. Tocotrienols have the ability to protect polyunsaturated fats within both membrane phospholipids and plasma lipoproteins. Tocotrienols can prevent LDL oxidation as well. There are many important functions that tocotrienols work to maintain to ensure good health through proper body functioning.
It is not recommended that vitamin E be used with warfarin, anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs due to an increased risk of bleeding. Cholestyramine, colestipol, isoniazid, and sucralfate may disrupt and decrease the absorption of tocotrienols by the body.
There have been no reported side effects associated with the use of tocotrienols.
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