Do you know what tocotrienols are? If not, maybe you should. A recent study suggests that taking some extra tocotrienols in your diet might do a lot to prevent your chances of getting prostate cancer.
Researchers wanted to study the effect of different tocotrienols in 40 mice who were bred to get prostate cancer. All of the mice followed the same diet. But the researchers gave three groups of the mice varying amounts of mixed tocotrienols. Some received 1.7 mg per day, some 5.2 mg per day, and some 17.1 mg per day. The study went on for six months. Here's what happened.
Of the mice that did not get any of the tocotrienols, 73% of them developed prostate cancer. Only less than half (38%) of the mice on the low tocotrienol dose got the disease. And the mice on the highest dose developed the cancer less than one-fourth as often (22%). But that's not all.
Most of you probably already know that prostate cancer comes in different forms. Some cancers are so minimally aggressive that they aren't really a concern. Others are very aggressive high-grade cancers. What happened was that the mice who were taking the mixed tocotrienols not only had fewer cancers, the cancers that they had were much less aggressive. The researchers were able to determine why.
It was because the tocotrienols stimulated the process of regulated cell death called apoptosis. All cells eventually die and are replaced by this process. But the more aggressive cancers find a way to avoid cell death. That's what makes them so aggressive. If tocotrienols have the same effect in humans that they had on these mice they might be able to save the lives of two-thirds of men who get prostate cancer.
In fact the researchers concluded that their findings "further support the potential use of tocotrienols as prostate cancer preventive agents in humans." There's no evidence that tocotrienols are helpful as a treatment for prostate cancer. But they may be extremely helpful at prevention.
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So what are tocotrienols anyway? They are the unspoken forms of vitamin E. Maybe you didn't know that there are eight different forms of vitamin E. Four of them are called the tocopherols — alpha, beta, gamma, and delta tocopherol. The other four are the tocotrienols — alpha, beta, gamma, and delta tocotrienol.
Most vitamin products that contain vitamin E contain only one form — alpha tocopherol. That's because alpha tocopherol is the form that researchers have studied the most. But that doesn't mean that the other forms of vitamin E have not been studied. So far the tocotrienols have been shown to have an effect on breast cancer, liver cancer, and pancreatic cancer growth. So the effect on prostate cancer shown in this study is not too surprising.
Can you get enough tocotrienols in your diet? Probably not enough to have the effects in this and the other studies. That's because they are rarely found in foods in anything but trace amounts. The foods with the most tocotrienols are oils — rice bran oil, palm oil, annatto oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, barley oil, and wheat germ oil.
When I developed my Super Immune QuickStart I wanted to put tocotrienols in, but it was impossible because you can't put oil supplements into a powdered product. So instead, I made up something I call
Complete Daily Oils. I designed it to compliment QuickStart. A full 30% of Complete Daily Oils consists of rice bran oil. In addition, I added all of the tocopherols. Complete Daily Oils might just be the only product out there that contains every single one of the tocopherols and tocotrienols. I believe the best way you can start your day is to take a scoop of Super Immune QuickStart along with two capsules of Complete Daily Oils.
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