By Robin Miller, Palm Oil Health
Antioxidants help protect the body from disease. These powerful substances inhibit cell damage caused by free radicals. Richly pigmented fruits, vegetables and beans are some of the best sources of antioxidants, but they aren’t the only sources. Vitamin E tocotrienols, some of the strongest antioxidants, can be found in barley, rye and palm oil. In fact, the best source of these super-potent antioxidants is Malaysian red palm oil. You don’t need to travel the world to find nutritious tocotrienols. Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil can be found in many packaged foods from premium peanut butter to better-for-you nutrition bars to your kids’ favorite cookie.
Vitamin E tocotrienols explained
There are two parts to vitamin E: tocopherols and tocotrienols. Tocopherols, the more common form, are found in most multivitamins and stand-alone vitamin E supplements. Naturally occurring in nuts and seeds, tocopherols are inexpensive to obtain.
Tocotrienols are scarcer. These nutrients are minor components of select plants. Unlike tocopherols which occur naturally in most common vegetable oils, tocotrienols are only found in select oils, with red palm oil being nature’s richest source. Thanks to their unique molecular structure, tocotrienols are superior antioxidants, possessing as much as 40 to 60 times the antioxidant power of tocopherols.
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