Vitamin E Tocotrienols Show Immune Boosting Potential for Women
Vitamin E supplements may help boost the immune system in women when taken prior to a vaccination according to a study published in the October 2010 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Researchers at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recruited 108 healthy non-smoking women aged between 18 and 25 years to participate in the study.
The participants were split into two groups at the beginning of the study. One group was given a daily supplement containing 400 milligrams of a palm tocotrienol complex and the other was given a placebo for 2 months. The researchers took blood samples at the start of the study and two more blood samples at 26 and 58 days after the supplementation.
After 26 days of supplementation, the researchers gave the participants a tetanus shot in order to measure their immune response to the vaccine. They found that the participants given the palm tocotrienol supplement had a much stronger immune response than the participants given the placebo.
Although further studies with larger populations are still necessary, the researchers noted that these initial findings are very encouraging. They also noted that tocotrienol supplementation appears to play a beneficial role in enhancing the immune response following a challenge to the immune system such as vaccination.
Previous studies have found other health benefits associated with Vitamin E, such as reductions in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and certain cancers. These benefits are largely attributed to the high level of antioxidants in Vitamin E,