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Tocotrienols May Boost Metabolic Function in Diabetics

Previous research has found that tocotrienol-rich vitamin E from palm oil may offer benefits to diabetics due to its antioxidant, antihyperglycemic, and anti-inflammatory properties. A recent study suggests that supplementation with tocotrienol-rich vitamin E may help boost metabolic function in people with diabetes.

Participants in the study included 45 people between the ages of 18 and 80 who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes with stable glucose control. Over the course of eight weeks they took either 200 mg of tocotrienol-rich vitamin E or a placebo twice daily. The researchers assessed biomarkers of metabolic function at the beginning and end of the study.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted reduced serum creatinine in the supplement group, when compared with the placebo. High creatinine levels are a marker of problems with kidney function. It’s also associated with metabolic syndrome in people with diabetes.


Researchers from Monash University Malaysia led the study. It was published on September 17, 2018, in MDPI.


Vitamin E has eight different forms: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and has been shown to help many aspects of the body. Tocopherol is the most common form in both the American diet and European diets. Tocotrienols are less prominent in the Western diet.

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