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Benefits of Tocotrienols
For Brain, Cancer, Heart, Bones, Diabetes

Benefits of Tocotrienols: Reverse brain damage, attack cancer, reduce heart disease, improve insulin sensitivity, prevent bone loss. They are a natural remedy for serious problems. 

Tocotrienols for natural brain healing: Stroke, Alzheimer's Dementia

According to Al Sears, M.D., he has "used tocotrienols with great success in my wellness clinic to treat dementia, Alzheimer's and stroke patients." The brain is very finely balanced, he says, and if the balance is disturbed, problems will follow. Those problems include Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) and strokes.

The brains of these patients have the ability to self-heal, he says, but it can take a long time, and the benefits of tocotrienols include helping to make that healing happen faster. They can even promote new artery formation following a stroke. Dr. Sears says he has seen it happen among hundreds of his own patients, including some who had been deemed hopeless.

Here's a study showing tocotrienols not only protect against oxidative damage but actually improve cognitive functions: "Tocotrienol...improves cognitive functions in Wistar rats."

Before reading any further,
see our medical disclaimer.

Brains of Alzheimer's, stroke patients show white matter lesions

The "white matter" in the brain is apparently more important than scientists and doctors previously acknowledged. We now know that it is "the brain's superhighway," transporting signals between neurons. When lack of blood flow kills white matter cells, this damage causes lesions in the brain, like scar tissue. These are known as white matter lesions or WMLs. In his article, Dr. Sears refers to a research paper that said up to 98 percent of stroke patients and 100 percent of Alzheimer’s patients have high amounts of WMLs

Tocotrienols speed healing of WMLs, help prevent dementia

Even in comas, the brains of patients can be rebuilding "white matter" and creating new pathways, so that damaged areas, like speech and motor control, can eventually reconnect. Tocotrienols not only speed up the healing process, they also shield brain cells from dementia in the future.

More on benefits of tocotrienols and stroke


  • Reduce inflammation after a stroke
  • Rapidly restore blood flow to areas injured by stroke
  • Protect against glutamate damage

Tocotrienols are part of the vitamin E complex. They have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and interact directly with brain cells.

When the brain cells are deprived of oxygen, as in stroke, glutamate floods into the affected brain cells. Although glutamate is a major neurotransmitter for the brain, too much of it overwhelms the neurons. One of the benefits of tocotrienols is that they stop this effect.  Neurons treated with tocotrienols can resist glutamate damage.

A study at Ohio State University revealed that alpha-tocotrienol encourages production of the protein MRPI, which clears away excess glutamate and other toxins from neurons. This stops these nerve cells from dying after a stroke.

By preventing the body’s usual response to oxygen-deprivation, the cells survive until blood flow is restored and oxygen levels return to normal. In addition, taking tocotrienol-rich supplements reduces the formation of WMLs from strokes, another benefit of tocotrienols.

Tocotrienols and cancer

In a 2013 study, mice with pancreatic cancer were given tocotrienols. After 16 weeks of treatment, just 10% of untreated mice survived, while 30% of those given a chemotherapy drug were still alive. Of the tocotrienol group, however, a remarkable 70% survived. When tocotrienols were combined with the cancer drug (gemcitabine), the survival rate was an astonishing 90%.

Here’s the extremely technical study, "...tocotrienol prolongs survival in...mouse model of pancreatic cancer."

In addition, for cancer in general, tocotrienols

  • Inhibit the growth of new blood vessels to tumors.
  • Inhibit growth and proliferation of cancer cells.
  • Combat cancer stem cells, which are resistant to chemotherapy and which  contribute to cancer recurrences.
  • Trigger apoptosis, that is, cancer cell death, that prevents cancer from becoming established in the body.
  • Help shrink existing tumors through apoptosis.
  • Block an enzyme, HMG-CoA reductase, that cancer cells need in order to invade and spread in the body.

Benefits of tocotrienols for your heart

Tocotrienols can

  • help lower cholesterol levels: total cholesterol by up to 30% and LDL (bad cholesterol) by up to 42%. 
  • lower “apolipoproteins” that can increase your risk of heart disease.
  • Lower blood levels of homocysteine, a risk factor for heart cardiovascular problems.
  • Protect against ischemia, the loss of blood flow from a blocked vessel, associated with heart attack or stroke.

Also for your heart, tocotrienols can reverse metabolic syndrome,

  • improving lipid profiles
  • reducing atherosclerotic lesions
  • lowering blood glucose and markers of glycation
  • normalizing blood pressure
  • inhibiting new fat deposits
  • improving heart muscle function
  • reducing infiltration of inflammatory cells into heart muscle

See this study: "Tocotrienols and cardiovascular health."

Tocotrienols for diabetes


  • Improve blood sugar and kidney function
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Improve whole body sugar utilization, similarly to prescription drugs
  • Reduce pain and biochemical changes of neuropathy

Benefits of tocotrienols for bones


  • promote increased bone density
  • reduce bone loss
  • promote fracture healing from osteoporosis

Tocotrienols dosage

Recommended dosage for tocotrienols varies from 20 to 400 milligrams daily, depending on the condition being treated. I am a writer, not a medical professional, so I cannot advise you. Your best bet is to do a search on Google for "tocotrienols (your condition) dosage." Example: "tocotrienols cancer dosage." Once you know your appropriate dosage, you can get them at your health food store or online.

Sources of tocotrienols

You can get tocotrienols from food: eggs, nuts, dark leafy greens, broccoli, spinach, palm oil, coconut, annatto oil.

Or you can take supplements, ones that are natural, not synthetic. Note: Studies questioning the safety of Vitamin E typically use synthetic forms, which Dr. Sears recommends against.  In fact, he says if you have all-rac alpha tocopherol acetate or dl-alpha tocopherol around, throw them in the garbage immediately, as they may not be safe.

If you use a mix of tocopherols and tocotrienols, look for less than 200 IU of alpha-tocopherol, says Dr. Sears, so you get the full benefits of tocotrienols.

There are a number of articles online that associate low blood levels of tocotrienols with higher risk of Alzheimers, but Dr. Sears article is the only one I’ve come across so far that says brain damage can actually be reversed with tocotrienols.


Confidential Cures by Al Sears, M.D., January 2015. More about Dr. Sears at http://alsearsmd.com

Life Extension magazine, "The Little-Known Benefits of Tocotrienols," August 2014


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