Team McCallum

R&D for Lifetime of Life

Vitamin E and aging.

Prof Dayong Wu and team looked at the immune system in elderly mice, as compared to that of young mice.

Vitamin E has 8 forms. Supplements usually provide alpha tocopherol only. There are 3 other tocopherols, and 4 tocotrienols.

Alpha tocopherol increases T-cell immune system response, although very high levels have been linked to an increased risk of death in the elderly.

Wu compared mice fed alpha tocopherol in their diet versus those fed alpha tocopherol plus 3 of the tocotrienols.

In young mice, there was no difference in immune system response between the two diets. But in older mice, there was a better immune system response from those with tocotrienols.

Tocotrienols appear to help aging immune systems beyond the benefits of isolated alpha tocopherol.

Click here for a recent story that the risk of Alzheimer’s is reduced by a mix of the 8 components of vitamin E.

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July 11, 2010 - Posted by | Aging, Dayong Wu, Health, Success, Vitamin E

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