Last update: 2.5.2017.


Supplement Watch - Tocotrienols

Other name(s) for Tocotrienols

Vitamin E

General information for Tocotrienols

There has been very little studies in tocotrienols compared to tocopherols. Some studies have indicate that tocotrienols could have a role in protecting neurons from damage.

Solubility of Tocotrienols


Take care when supplementing with fat soluble vitamins.

Benefits of Tocotrienols

Acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing unstable molecules that can damage cellsProtects vitamin A and certain lipids from damageDiets rich in vitamin E may help prevent Alzheimer’s diseaseSupplements may protect against prostate cancer

Deficiency symptoms / disease

Deficiency of vitamin E is very rare.
Vitamin E deficiency causes neurological problems and problems with immune system.
For men it causes sterility.
For women it causes abortion.
For newborn infants it causes mild hemolytic anemia.

Overdose symptoms / disease

Vitamin E can act as an anticoagulant, increasing the risk of bleeding problems. Hypervitaminosis E especially combined with blood thinning medication like aspirin can be fatal!

FDA information for Tocotrienols

(Daily value/Recommended dietary allowance/Adequate intake)

Recommended intakes of nutrients vary by age and gender and are known as Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and Adequate Intakes (AIs). However, one value for each nutrient, known as the Daily Value (DV), is selected for the labels of dietary supplements and foods. A DV is often, but not always, similar to one's RDA or AI for that nutrient. DVs were developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help consumers determine the level of various nutrients in a standard serving of food in relation to their approximate requirement for it. The label actually provides the %DV so that you can see how much (what percentage) a serving of the product contributes to reaching the DV.

Data from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Daily values.

Look at daily value in the main vitamin page.

Food sources for Tocotrienols

Look at food sources in the main vitamin page

External links

Wikipedia-Tocotrienol MedlinePlus-Vitamin E