Gamma Tocotrienol Assists Bone Strength

Thursday, October 08, 2009
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

A new study shows that vitamin E, and in particular the form known as gamma tocotrienol1, helps build stronger bones with better biomechanical strength.

The authors concluded, “Vitamin E supplementation, especially with the gamma isomer, improves bone structure, which contributed to stronger bone. Therefore, vitamin E has the potential to be used as an anabolic agent to treat osteoporosis or as bone supplements for young adults to prevent osteoporosis in later years.”

This new study goes along with three earlier studies lending support to the tocotrienol form of vitamin E as a superior bone support nutrient.  The earlier studies showed that tocotrienols reduce inflammation in bone2 that leads to bone loss, can offset the harmful effects of steroid use3 on bones, and assist in the process of normal bone calcification4.

While tocotrienols are often used for cardiovascular and brain health, here we see that they are yet another wonderful nutrient for bone health.


Read More:  Bone Health News

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Gamma Tocotrienol Helpful for Bone Building   J Bone Miner Metab.  Shuid AN, Mehat Z, Mohamed N, Muhammad N, Soelaiman IN.
  2. ^ Tocotrienols Help Stop Bone Loss  Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol.  Ahmad NS, Khalid BA, Luke DA, Ima Nirwana S.
  3. ^ Tocotrienols Prevent Bone Loss and Weight Gain During Steroid Treatment  J Med Food.  Ima-Nirwana S, Suhaniza S.
  4. ^ Tocotrienols Help Bone Calcification  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr.  Norazlina M, Ima-Nirwana S, Abul Gapor MT, Abdul Kadir Khalid B.

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