Delta-Tocotrienol From The Annatto Seed
What’s So Special About Annatto?
Annatto has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties, as it is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and the carotenoid cis-bixin. Importantly, annatto is also exclusively rich in delta and to a lesser extent gamma-tocotrienol, while containing virtually no alpha-tocopherol. This is important because alpha-tocopherol, the form of vitamin E that’s found in most supplements, actually competes with all other types of vitamin E, blocking their health-promoting effects and promoting their breakdown!
Annatto was selected as the source for the delta-tocotrienol found in AstaMatrix®because this powerhouse antioxidant is the newest star to emerge from the vitamin E family and the mounting scientific evidence regarding its amazing health benefits!
Did You Know There Are Eight Types of Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a well-known, fat-soluble, essential nutrient with powerful antioxidant properties. Because it is essential, it is necessary for our health, but it cannot be produced by the human body. So, similarly to our essential fatty acid friends Omega-3s, vitamin E can only come from the foods that we eat or a supplement like AstaMatrix®.
Altogether, there are eight different forms of vitamin E, including four subtypes of tocotrienols and four subtypes of tocopherols. While you might not have ever heard of tocotrienols until now, if you eat nuts, seeds, or use certain vegetable oils, you’ve probably consumed this type of vitamin E before without even knowing it!
Say Goodbye to Generic Vitamin E, and Hello To Delta-Tocotrienol!
While each of the eight isomers of vitamin E is in the same family, differences in their chemical structure and shape make them distinct from one another in many ways, including their bioavailability and the health benefits they provide. Up until recently, alpha-tocopherol, the most common and widely available form of vitamin E, was also the most sought-after and studied. However, tocotrienols are quickly emerging as the superior form of vitamin E, especially when it comes to supporting cardiovascular health and maintaining cellular integrity.
Delta-tocotrienol, specifically, has unique properties that make it an antioxidant powerhouse, with higher antioxidant capacity and absorbency than alpha-tocopherol. Delta-tocotrienol’s unique molecular shape allows it to play a role in many complex processes, including the regulation of genes and enzymes involved in many aspects of our health. It is through these mechanisms that delta-tocotrienol is able to neutralize processes that contribute to premature aging and disease, like inflammation, oxidative stress, and DNA damage.
The 40mg of Delta-Tocotrienol in AstaMatrix® Helps Support:
- Cardiovascular Health
- Skin Health / Anti-Aging
- Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
- Bone Health
- Nutrient Synergy Bonus: Delta-tocotrienol and astaxanthin have been found to work synergistically with one another, which further boosts the total antioxidant capacity of AstaMatrix®!