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Study Finds Tocotrienols Are Well Tolerated By People with Metabolic Syndrome

While a host of studies have linked tocotrienols to a variety of health benefits, few studies have been conducted on the tolerability of tocotrienols. A recent study suggests that consuming a palm tocotrienol complex is safe and well-tolerated in people with metabolic syndrome.


Participants in the study included 31 people with metabolic syndrome between the ages of 25 and 56. Over the course of 14 days, they were given either 400 mg of a palm tocotrienol complex or a placebo daily.


At the conclusion of the study, there was no difference in red blood cell, white blood cell, or platelet counts between the two groups. There was also no difference in body weight or serum liver enzymes such as aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, or albumin.


Researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia conducted the study. It was published on March 28, 2016, in the Journal of Oil Palm Research.


Palm oil is a great source for tocotrienols and they can also be found in rice, bran, oat, barley and wheat germ. Previous studies have shown that tocotrienols may be able to help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke and lower blood pressure.

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