Tocotrienols and Tocopherols for Brain Health

By Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

January 23, 2012

Tocotrienols and Tocopherols for Brain Health
Swedish researchers have demonstrated that the lower your brain levels of tocotrienols and tocopherols, both forms of vitamin E, the more likely you are to have mild cognitive impairment.

The researchers analyzed the detailed vitamin E blood level status in a total of 521 people; 168 people with ********, 166 people with mild cognitive impairment, and 187 cognitively normal people.

Those with mild cognitive impairment or ******** were almost never in the highest third of vitamin E status in their blood levels, and were typically in the lowest status. For tocotrienols those with mild cognitive impairment were 92 percent less likely to be in the top third in their blood levels; those with ******* were 94 percent less likely to be in the top third.

For tocopherols, 85 percent were less likely to be in the top third for both mild cognitive impairment and ********.

Clearly, better vitamin E in the blood predicts better vitamin E status in the brain and therefore, better protection of the brain from damage that leads to cognitive decline.

Another interesting study has identified two important conclusions for the very first time. One is that vitamin E is needed for cell membrane repair.  While this study was done with muscles, the mechanism of rejuvenation likely applies to your brain as well.

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