Tocotrienols: The Supplement You Desperately Need (Even If You Can’t Pronounce It) - All The Pretty Birds

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Tocotrienols: The Supplement You Desperately Need (Even If You Can’t Pronounce It)

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Roki Prunali | Thursday July 19th 2018

I came across this extremely intriguing powder supplement in my attempt to vamp up my pantry according to CAP Beauty standards: Tocotrienols. I can lose you here, sounding the syllables out silently as you read this, or we can take the lead of two of our favorite adaptogen brands and go with Tocos. I know I may be late on some of these buzzier products, but even with the internet at my fingertips, everyone here in Italy is a little slower on health trends. That’s not always such a bad thing, but when I want my wellness and technology products to be the most up to date I am usually left in the dust (no pun intended). If you are like me – not quick on trend but still dedicated to wellness – and also had no idea what Tocotrienols are, let me break it down.

Vitamin E is made up of eight different compounds that can be divided into two categories: tocopherols, which is what we have found for a while now in traditional beauty products, and tocotrienols, which is the latest “super” form of Vitamin E.

Being crowned as the almighty Vitamin E beauty food, the ingestible Tocotrienols are rice-bran soluble – basically the bran of the rice, minus the fiber. It is a powerful bioactive source of essential fatty and amino acids with antioxidant properties. Up until very recently, tocotrienols were rather expensive to purchase, but thanks to a breakthrough in technology, manufacturers are able to use sound waves to separate the bran, making it a much more accessible beauty food.

Among many of its beneficial properties, the synergizing of the phytonutrients can aid in combating free radical damage (oxidative stress) – which can also break down the body’s natural collagen. Tocotrienols can also help repair damage to the gastrointestinal system from pesky free radicals. The NCBI concludes, “The unsaturated side chain of tocotrienol allows for more efficient penetration into tissues that have saturated fatty layers, such as the brain and liver. Experimental research examining the antioxidant, free radical scavenging effects of tocopherol and tocotrienols revealed that tocotrienols appear superior due to their better distribution in the fatty layers of the cell membrane.” 

How should you be using your Tocotrienols?

The team at CAP Beauty love using it as a “high vibe nondairy creamer” to add a mellow, but creamy sweetness. They also came up with the Strawberry Nice Cream with Spicy Chocolate Crispy Shell:

Ingredients
5 or 6 strawberries
1 tablespoon tocotrienols
Splash of nut milk
Splash of vanilla extract
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
3 or 4 ripe bananas, frozen and cut into pieces

Crispy Shell
1/8 cup of raw cacao powder
1/8 cup of Hot Hot Chocolate (another CAP recipe)
¼ cup of melted coconut oil
2 teaspoons of honey
Splash of vanilla extract
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt

Add the strawberries, tocotrienols, nut milk, vanilla and salt into a blender or food processor and blend until combined. Add the bananas, and blend until it’s the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Scoop into chilled bowls, or place it in the freezer for a more traditional ice cream texture.

For the crispy shell: place all ingredients in a bowl, blender or food processor. Whisk or blend until combined and the consistency is like chocolate syrup. Pour over Nice Cream.

Try Tocos from Sun Potion or even Moon Juice. Both amazing choices.

Tocotrienols

Moon Juice Tocos

Sun Potion Tocos

If you want that immediate beauty umph, add Tocos powder to a DIY mask for extra hydration and nutrition. In a bowl, mix manuka honey, brewed matcha tea and Tocotrienols for some skin TLC after a long dry winter, or even after a sun-filled summer. It is a great way to get in your Vitamin D and E topically.

Even skincare brands are integrating Tocotrienol into their gamma of products. Perricone MD has added the products Tocotrienol Serum and Deep Moisture Therapy. They claim that Tocotrienols are much more potent than Vitamin E itself in protecting the skin against free radical attacks. In their own research, they found that tocotrienols were way more effective than the traditional tocopherols in their dispersing into the skin to fight against free radicals. Also, they found that the products enriched with tocotrienol made hair shinier, and reduced redness and flaking in severly dry skin. 

For now, I will have to just dream about adding Tocotrienols into my daily elixirs until the next time I return stateside. I cannot get my hands on the stuff here in Italy, but luckily for me I still need to finish my last batch of adaptogens that my so dear husband lugged back for me from his last trip to Los Angeles.

Let me know any of your yummy recipes with Tocos or how you are finding its wonders.

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