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Palm Oil-Derived Tocotrienol Supplementation Reduces Cholesterol Levels

March 31, 2011: 11:08 AM EST
Supplementation with forms of vitamin E known as tocotrienols was found to reduce levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol, scientists in Malaysia report. For the study, 32 healthy people with high blood cholesterol levels were randomly assigned to groups that were given daily doses of either a soybean oil placebo or a product derived from palm oil known as Tocomin SupraBio, which provided 300 mg of mixed tocotrienols. After four months, total cholesterol levels dropped nine percent; after six months levels dropped by 11 percent. LDL cholesterol decreased by 13 percent after four months, and by 17.5 percent after six months.
K.H. Yuen, et al., "Effect of Mixed-Tocotrienols in Hypercholesterolemic Subjects", Functional Foods in Health and Disease , March 31, 2011, © Functional Foods in Health and Disease
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