Viewers of the nationally syndicated Better Show, a lifestyle TV program, tune in for the latest news on hot topics affecting their health, families and relationships. In this episode, registered dietitian Dr. Felicia Stoler, author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes, stopped by to teach viewers about safe supplementing: her guide to looking and feeling better naturally. Her interview included a discussion on the importance of Malaysian palm oil-derived vitamin E tocotrienols.
Growing concerns about the safety of over-the-counter drugs has fueled the use of dietary supplements. We are inundated with choices. “People don’t realize that supplements aren’t regulated,” said Stoler. “You need to be a savvy, smart consumer. Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it is safe.” Stoler was excited to help take the guesswork out of choosing supplements, by providing the audience with information about her favorite smart natural options.
Stoler pointed to vitamin E tocotrienols as an example of a good-for-you dietary supplement. “These are good for brain health,” she explained. Tocotrienols have neuroprotective properties, that could be beneficial in case of stroke, but they need to already be circulating in your body at the time of stroke to be effective. “It’s really important that it’s already in your system,” Stoler advised.
Tocotrienol levels in regular Western diet are very low. The only way we may get enough of it is through nutritional supplementation. However, it’s unlikely that most Americans currently get this brain-health benefit even if they take vitamin E supplements because most of the supplements available do not contain the right kind of vitamin E. Most contain vitamin E tocopherols which have not been shown to have the neuroprotective properties.
If you are hoping get the benefits discovered in the research – and this applies to any nutritional supplement – it is wise to use the same product and brand that was used by the researchers. That way you are assured that you are getting the proper purity and dosage.”
Felicia Stoler is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.