OWNS Dinner Lecture Featuring Barrie Tan, Ph.D.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
San Antonio, TX

OWNS Dinner Lecture Featuring Barrie Tan, Ph.D.

“Tocotrienols Mitigate Chronic Conditions, Including Those of the Eye”
For 90 years vitamin E research has produced prolific and notable discoveries, including isolation from plants, chemical identifications, and total syntheses. Until the last few decades, however, attention has focused primarily on the biological activities and underlying mechanisms of alpha-tocopherol, which we now know is only one of eight vitamin E isomers. Alpha-tocopherol is no longer considered innocuous but may be a liability to all other forms of vitamin E, tocopherols and tocotrienols alike, a fact not appreciated by many health professionals. Tocotrienols have proven to contain some exceptional benefits that are not shared by their “older” tocopherol siblings. Today, the brightest spot for tocotrienol research is in chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and osteopenia/osteoporosis. Recent research also indicates tocotrienol benefits for the aging eye, particularly cataract.
This presentation will cover important milestones in vitamin E research, distinguish between the vitamin’s two subgroups, tocopherols and tocotrienols, and identify current sources and compositions of tocotrienols. Importantly, alpha-tocopherol interference with tocotrienol functions and their differential bioavailability will be discussed, as well as the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties observed with tocotrienol applications in cardiovascular and cardiometabolic disease, cancer, radiation exposure, the aging bone, and eye. An overview of the latest studies will highlight tocotrienol’s role as the 21st century vitamin E.

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