Each year 795,000 Americans suffer from a stroke, making it the third leading cause of death in the US. About 15% of the time, strokes are preceded by an early warning signal called a transient ischemic attack, or “mini-stroke.” After a mini-stroke, the chances of a full-blown stroke occurring within 90 days are much higher.
Now, new and extremely exciting research conducted by Ohio State researchers and led by Chandan Sen, Ph.D., shows that one of the best ways to protect against any type of stroke is with the alpha tocotrienol form of vitamin E.
In one particularly notable 2011 experiment, Dr. Sen and his team found significant differences in stroke-induced canines that were given either a supplement high in alpha and other tocotrienols or a corn oil placebo for 10 weeks.
Those canines that were given the tocotrienols had significantly reduced brain lesions and other stroke related damage. The difference was so significant that this study paved the way for a clinical trial with humans at high risk for stroke funded by the Malaysian government and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Alpha tocotrienol research is truly exciting. I have never come across any medication or supplement before with this much promise for impacting ischemia in the brain. But you need to take it in the right form. Most supplements labeled vitamin E contain alpha tocopherol by itself. But a full spectrum blend is far better—and safer—than one form alone. You want to look for a mixed tocotrienol/tocopherol complex that’s rich in alpha tocotrienol. My recommended dose is 200 mg daily.
Now it’s your turn: Do you take alpha tocotrienols?