Tocotrienols inhibit cholesterol production in the liver, thereby lowering total blood cholesterol. Alpha tocotrienol suppresses hepatic HMG-CoA reductase activity that results in the lowering of LDL cholesterol levels.
Tocotrienols which are naturally occurring in palm oil have been shown to suppress lower plasma cholesterol in humans.
A study showed that patients with confirmed carotid arteriosclerosis, who consumed 240mg of palm based tocotrienols per day for 18-36 months, had a decrease in the amount of cholesterol plaque in their carotid artery while those receiving placebo did not show such an effect.
ANTI-CANCER AND TUMOUR SUPPRESSIVE
Palm oil tocotrienols has been shown to inhibit human breast cancer cells. Delta-tocotrienol was found to be the most effective tocotrienols in inducing apoptosis (cell death) in human breast cancer cells and Gamma-tocotrienol is three times more potent in inhibiting growth of human breast cancer cultured cells than Tamoxifen.
Alpha-tocotrienol has been shown to be 40-60 times more potent than alpha-tocopherol as an antioxidant.
LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
In a test on rats, palm gamma-tocotrienol shows the ability to prevent development of increased blood pressure in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats (SHR) after 3 months of supplementation.
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