For years, I’ve recommended that my patients take a special family of super-nutrients with the power to boost their health and save their lives in at least a half a dozen ways.
I’m talking about tocotrienols, an especially potent form of vitamin E.
Tocotrienols, which comprise four out of the eight types of vitamin E, are powerful antioxidants that until recently were ignored by mainstream medicine.
But the patients at my wellness clinic and regular readers of my newsletter will know that I’ve recommended them as a critical nutrient for years.
And I do it because almost daily I observe the effects of their extraordinary healing properties on those who take them.
I began prescribing tocotrienols years ago to patients with high blood pressure, heart trouble and circulatory problems – and they all showed remarkable improvements. Numerous scientific studies back up the observations from my wellness clinic.1,2,3,4,5
But I also observed that tocotrienols helped patients with a wide variety of other ailments.
An explosion of new research has now confirmed this vitamin E extract is the most versatile of all antioxidants and that it’s vital for overall health.
Unlike most doctors, I focus on what makes people healthy and what protects them from disease.
Western medicine has come to see people’s ailments as little boxes of symptoms that need to be either drugged or removed. It has lost sight of the whole person and what they need to remain healthy.
This is why I recommend tocotrienols to all my patients.
And those who followed my recommendation all reported feeling less pain, as well as having more strength and energy.
Scientists didn’t discover tocotrienols until 1965. But research conducted within the last five years has proved their real power. Clinical studies show they can:
- Wipe out bacteria and reduce inflammation;6,7,8
- Prevent and repair brain or nerve damage;9,10,11
- Stave off coronary disease and dementia;12
- Elevate your HDL, aka the “good cholesterol”;13
- Boost bone strength and heal gastric ulcers;14,15
- Help reverse obesity and metabolic syndrome;16
- Help your skin stay smooth and youthful.17
These powerful antioxidants also mop up free radicals – biochemical molecules which are linked to cancer and aging. They also lengthen telomeres, the caps at the ends of chromosomes that determine each cell’s biological age.
They can even cross the protective blood-brain barrier to do their jobs.
But nothing demonstrates the power of tocotrienols like how they wage war on malignant tumors and their powerful ability to shrink them.18,19,20,21,22
Simultaneously, this vitamin E family works to suppress the growth of cancer cells by:
- Reducing or cutting off blood flow to tumors;
- Hampering a tumor’s ability to grow new blood vessels;
- Destroying nutrients that feed the malignant masses;
- Setting off chemical signals that trick tumor cells into self-destructing.
Yet our Western diet is woefully deficient in foods that contain tocotrienols.
While tocotrienols can be absorbed into the body by consuming select foods – like palm oil, wheat germ, barley, annatto oil, as well as peas, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli – they occur in very low levels naturally.
Tocotrienols also occur in grapes, apricots, blueberries, and black currents, cashews, almonds, pistachios, macadamia nuts, poultry and eggs.
But Big Agra also destroys much of these vitamins with the processes it uses to make high-profit, low-cost and low-nutrient products.
I recommend an intake of 19 mg. to 43 mg. a day to my patients, but the average American – many of whom have fallen into the fast-food trap – only get about 2 mg. or 3 mg. a day.
That’s why I always recommend boosting your tocotrienols intake with supplements.
The great thing about tocotrienols is that they’re all-natural. There aren’t any synthetic versions of these types of vitamin E – so you don’t have to worry about avoiding them.
And like all fat-soluble vitamins, it’s best to take them with a meal.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
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