Get Your Tocotrienols And Beat CancerLast year, I told you about the growing reputation of tocotrienols — one of the key components of vitamin E — in fighting disease. Tocotrienols may be one of the newest natural tools we have to keep cancer at bay.

While studying the eight forms of vitamin E, Japanese researchers found two kinds of tocotrienols (alpha and delta) were responsible for inhibiting DNA polymerase, an enzyme present in DNA replication, while tocopherols had no effect at all.

Scientists also discovered that same dampening effect with tocotrienols was true for the spread of cancer cells. That, coupled with the slow down of angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels), hinders the spread of cancer to other parts of the body too.

This is certainly wonderful news and not totally unexpected, considering a number of studies have demonstrated the antioxidant effect of tocotrienols to be up to 60 times more effective than alpha tocopherols.

Your best sources of vitamin E are still the natural ones: Green, leafy vegetables, raw nuts and seeds. If you still feel the need to take a vitamin E supplement, however, use one that most closely mimics the natural kind found in whole foods that contain tocopherols and tocotrienols.

To that end, you may want to consider Carlson’s E-Gems Elite, one of the most complete vitamin E supplements available that I sell in my Web store.

Food March 16, 2006