Vitamin E exists in two analogous forms i.e. Tocotrienol and Tocopherol with four subforms (Alpha, Beta, Gamma & Delta) of each. Tocotrienol is an underrated but more potent form that is very rarely available in natural storehouses. It is among the best antioxidants known to date and is known to possess outstanding natural anti-cancer properties. It has the extraordinary capability of fetching and countervailing unstable free radicals which are present inaccessibly close to the cell walls.
Tocotrienol is rarely available to us through our regular diets. It is not prepared synthetically and is extracted from natural storehouses only like annatto beans, palm oil, wheat germ, oats, barley, rye, rice bran, coconut, cocoa, grapefruit seed oil, hazelnuts, olive oil, maize, buckthorn berry, flaxseed oil, rye, sunflower oil, and poppy seed oil.
Tocopherol is the commonly available form of vitamin E in drugstores, either solely or in multivitamin preparations. It can be prepared synthetically also and can naturally be found in palm oil, rice bran, safflower oil, wheat germ, soya bean oil, peanut oil, and cocoa butter. Because of its abundant availability, it is a widely used ingredient in the cosmetic industry for the manufacturing of skin-soothing soaps, make-up products, face creams, and hair care products.
Since tocopherol is present in our regular diets abundantly, its supplementation is completely futile. On the other hand, tocotrienol cannot be accomplished from our diet which makes its supplementation necessary.
Tocotrienol molecules have shorter tails and lower molecular weight than Tocopherol molecules which make them more motile and improve their binding tendency towards the damaging free radicals. This structural supremacy of tocotrienol molecules enables them to accomplish comparatively higher tissue coverage. Furthermore, Tocopherol molecules possess long tails with single bonds all along. This restricts its biological functionality. On the other hand, tocotrienol molecules possess shorter tails with 3 double bonds. This unique structure adds greater functional efficiency to Tocotrienols. Therefore, due to all the above-mentioned reasons, the antioxidant capability of Tocotrienols is 50 times better than that of the Tocopherols. And because of the same reasons, the former vitamin E form has a way better bioavailability towards the tissues than the latter.
This is because tocopherol molecules are known to interfere with key therapeutic functions of tocotrienol in our bodies. So, one must avoid taking tocopherol supplements while taking pure tocotrienol preparations like Eannatto 125mg, Eannatto 300 mg, or Eannatto 400 mg for best results. Since these supplements contain 100% tocotrienols (annatto sourced), these can provide maximum health benefits with no tocopherol therapeutic hindrance.