ANTIOXIDANT & ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES OF TOCOTRIENOLS

A Legacy of Good Health with Tocotrienols

Did you know that our palm-oil contains multitudes of health benefits and of which, one of the most precious nutrients that palm oil contains is tocotrienols? Tocotrienols have been shown to be a powerful antioxidant – in fact 40 to 60 times more potent than its counterpart, tocopherols – and a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Here are some backed-by-science ways that tocotrienols are fantastic at fighting for a healthier you.

As an Antioxidant

Antioxidants is probably something we all are familiar with. However, few people know what they are or how they really work.

To understand how antioxidants work, we need to understand free radicals. Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm in our bodies if their levels become too high. Free radicals are consistently being produced in our body and when they outnumber antioxidants, this can lead to a state called oxidative stress. A way to combat free radical is to consume foods that are high in antioxidants (hello, tocotrienols!).

So, what makes tocotrienols a better antioxidant than others

Molecular Structure

The structure of the tocotrienol molecule (as seen above) contains unsaturated side chains which helps to efficiently penetrate the cell tissues and look for free radicals. This makes it a more active component in looking for and neutralizing free radicals.

Inducing antioxidant enzyme levels

Enzymes are biological molecules that speed up chemical reactions in our bodies. With the presence of tocotrienols in our diets, antioxidant enzyme levels like superoxide dismutase, NADPH, and glutathione peroxidase are induced which can lower the oxidative stress levels in our bodies.

Anti-Inflammation

Inflammation occurs when body tissues are injured by bacteria, toxins, or any other cause. The damaged cells can cause the release of chemicals that can leak fluid into the tissues, causing swelling. Inflammation has been linked to many chronic diseases which can contribute to morbidity and mortality.

The way Tocotrienols work as an anti-inflammation agent is:

By targeting key inflammatory molecules

Tocotrienols targets inflammatory molecules like Nuclear Factor k-B (NF-kB) which is an important player in regulating inflammation and immune response. Problems with NF-kB regulation have been linked to developing autoimmune disorders and certain cancers. Therefore, it is important that regulation of this molecule be regulated well with proper supplementation.

Achieving a healthy body can be done in the most basic ways – eat well and
exercise. But sometimes, in our day-to-day activities, these things can be difficult to achieve. We can always use a boost of nutrition that not only keeps us healthy, but also helps prevent future health issues. Supplement today with tocotrienols and discover the benefits of a powerhouse of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammation properties.

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