Is Vitamin E good for Cancer? If so, is there a difference between the different options out there? What is Tocopherol and Tocotrienol? Dr Kevin Conners answers these questions that we get from patients and listeners in this episode of Conners Clinic Live.
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Hello everybody! This is Dr. Kevin Conners, Conners Clinic Live again. And I want to share another question that people have sent in. Again, if you have questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The question that came is, is Vitamin E good for cancer? There’s mixed data out there on Vitamin E with all sorts of health issues. Vitamin E is very good for the arteries, but it’s a specific form of Vitamin E that’s good for the arteries. As a matter of fact, there was a study a few years ago that said that “Vitamin E is not good for your heart, stop taking it.” They probably used the wrong form of Vitamin E in this study. There’s some hypothesis that they purposely used the wrong form of Vitamin E in the study because they knew it wouldn’t work.
Besides the fact, we want to understand the different types of Vitamin E. Vitamin E in nature has four outer components and four inner components. The outer components are called the Tocopherols, and that’s typically what you’re going to see in a supplement if you go to the store, buy a Vitamin E supplement. It’ll say alpha tocopherol or mixed tocopherols or Alpha Beta Gamma Delta tocopherol. But it’s the tocopherols that are not the ones you want to use if you have heart conditions and not the ones that you want to use for cancer. It’s the inner portion of the Vitamin E. Those are the Tocotrienols. It’s kind of confusing. The tocotrienols are the inner portions and the tocopherols are the outer portions. It’s very easy to synthesize those outer portions, the tocopherols, in the laboratory. That’s why you’re going to see them in store-bought vitamins usually. The tocotrienols, the inner portion, is specifically the Gamma and Delta tocotrienols, that are the important components of the vitamin E that is good for cancer and good for the heart.
There’s several studies of the Gamma and Delta tocotrienols for cancer and for the heart. And you can certainly just Google scholar those studies as well. They’re very impressive. We use a product that’s called, we actually private label it, that’s called Apop-E 300. I personally take this for my cancer as well. It’s got 300 milligrams of the Gamma and Delta inner portion of the Vitamin E that you want for cancer, and it’s good for your heart as well. Highly recommend that for all our cancer patients. And it’s certainly the type of Vitamin E that you want to take.
There’s a danger in taking just the outer portion of the Vitamin E because you only have certain absorption sites for your nutrients, especially the fat soluble nutrients. It’s more difficult to absorb. And when you’re taking a synthetic tocopherol, outer portion of the Vitamin E, which is typically what you’re going to get in most inexpensive supplements and even some good supplements that they’re just appealing to the masses.
Those will take the absorption sites of the inner portion vVitamin E molecule, if you’re getting that into your food. And they could actually decrease absorption of other tocotrienols. So I know it’s confusing, but you want to get the inner portion, the tocotrienols, the Gamma and the Delta tocotrienols, that are going to be the beneficial form of Vitamin E for your heart, for your arteries, and for cancer. If this helps, I ask you to “like” this, share this on Facebook and with your friends. Thanks so much, we’ll talk to you soon.
Dustin has been passionate about holistic health since he met his wife, Dr Mallory Ranem (Conners) almost 20 years ago. As the Digital Media Manager, he coordinates content across Conners Clinic’s large online presence, including written, video, and audio.