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"New" Form of Vitamin E Shown To Improve HDL Cholesterol

Looking to raise the levels of your HDL (good) cholesterol naturally? The tocotrienol form of Vitamin E has recently been shown to improve good cholesterol ratios in a recent study.

The research was conducted at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and was published in Nutrition and Metabolism on June 24, 2011.

The study participants included 62 people between the ages of 35 and 49 and another group over the age of 50. Half of the group received a placebo while the other half took 160mg of a Tocotrienol rich supplement daily for six months.

At the conclusion of the study, both age groups improved the ratio of HDL cholesterol to total cholesterol while the placebo group actually worsened. In fact, the over 50 age group increased 14 percent compared to a decrease of approximately 5% in the placebo group.

The ratio of HDL to total cholesterol is an important lipid risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In fact, the researchers go on to state that “HDL cholesterol increases of the magnitude observed in this study have been associated with a 22.5 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular events.”

Tocotrienols are a form of vitamin E that are not nearly as well known as the more popular form of vitamin E – tocopherols. The more the scientific community studies tocotrienols, the more their wide ranging health benefits are coming to light. Over the past couple of years, benefits ranging from hair growth to heart health to boosting the immune system have been found.

Tocotrienols are best found in palm oil or through a high quality tocotrienol supplement.

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