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Natural Vitamin E for Heart Health

November 17, 2009

Are you taking the right vitamin E for your heart?

Most people don’t know this, but there are eight forms of vitamin E:
four tocopherols and four tocotrienols.

While they’re all antioxidants, the differences between them could easily fill a book. But the most important is that tocotrienols – not tocopherols – have powerful heart benefits.

Tocotrienols help:
Reduce cholesterol oxidation
Maintain healthy triglyceride levels
Support normal blood pressure levels

Tocotrienols have a shorter “tail” that can penetrate the fatty outer layer of a cell membrane and “attack” a cholesterol-creating enzyme called HMG-CoA helping to reduce cholesterol oxidation and helping to promote normal cholesterol levels.

The problem with synthetic versions of vitamin E – the kind you find often in supplements – is that they contain none of the heart healthy tocotrienols and only ONE type of tocopherol.

So, how do you get more of the heart healthy vitamin E that contains tocotrienols?

You can find high concentrations of tocotrienols in certain oils. Annatto, palm, and rice bran oil are good sources. You should be able to find them at your local health food store, specialty grocery store, or online at