Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Tocotrienols are part of the Vitamin E family with superior antioxidant properties including other health benefits such as neuroprotective effects not seen in tocopherols. They are naturally present in four different forms: alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienols.
Tocotrienol and tocopherol have the same basic chemical structure, with a slight but important difference in the side chain. Tocotrienol has an unsaturated side chain that enables better penetration into the bodily tissues. While both are chain-breaking antioxidants, Tocotrienol’s anti-oxidative strength is 60 times more powerful than tocopherol’s. Tocotrienol is also less found in nature compared to tocopherol which is commonly found in many vegetable and seed oils.
Typically, Vitamin E supplements consist of alpha tocopherol. However, palm-based tocotrienols offer a broader range of beneficial compounds. These include tocotrienols, phytosterols (known to hinder cholesterol absorption), squalene (a potent antioxidant), and carotenoids. Studies have suggested that the combination of these phytonutrients may be highly effective in promoting overall health and well-being. Also, tocotrienols have shown stronger anti-oxidation, anti-inflammatory, liver protective and neuroprotective properties than tocopherol.
Yes, tocotrienol exists naturally and abundantly in palm oil. Other sources include rice bran oil and annatto. Our product proudly utilizes naturally derived tocotrienols from palm oil.
Studies in these areas have shown positive outcomes from Palm tocotrienols: 

  1. Brain health: Tocotrienols have neuroprotective properties, showing protective effects in stroke models and supporting health brain functions
  2. Cardiovascular health: Tocotrienols can improve cardiac health by reducing inflammation, modulating cardiac remodeling and blood vessel compliance.
  3. Anti-inflammatory effects: Tocotrienols have potent anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial for various disorders with underlying inflammation, such as arthritis and metabolic disorders.
  4. Skin health: Tocotrienols showed protective effects against UV-induced damage, promoting wound healing, and improving the overall appearance of the skin.
  5. Liver: Tocotrienols have shown improvement of fatty liver by modulating inflammation and cholesterol balance.
Currently, there is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) established for tocotrienols. Research into tocotrienols gained significant attention worldwide only in the early 1980s. Since the scientific evidence on tocotrienols is relatively recent, neither the US FDA nor the US Pharmacopeia have conducted studies or provided recommended daily allowances for tocotrienols. Many human studies have used a dose of 200mg, twice daily safely, over long term consumption. This is also the dose used in a clinical study which showed protection of brain (reduced white matter lesions) and liver (reduced fatty liver) over 2 years.
In human studies, the dose of tocotrienols used is targeted to manage specific disorders. Those seeking to enhance their antioxidant status as part of a long-term nutritional plan are advised to consider moderate usage levels of supplements. For maintaining general health, the consensus among tocotrienol scientists is a dose of 50mg per day. Commercial dietary supplements typically offer tocotrienol supplementation ranging from 50-100mg per day for healthy adults.
Consistently taking tocotrienols on a daily basis allows their effects to manifest gradually. Tocotrienols work over time to help balance the body’s ability to counter free radicals and inflammation. By combating free radicals, tocotrienols contribute to the prevention of degenerative diseases, promoting long-term health and well-being.
Tocotrienols, like other fat-soluble nutrients, are best absorbed when taken with food or fats. Adequate secretion of pancreatic juice and bile is necessary for the emulsification of fats and fat-soluble nutrients, facilitating their absorption. However, as the food composition and individual digestive condition varies, the absorption of tocotrienols may also vary.
Yes, palm tocotrienols have received the USFDA self-affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for use as a food ingredient. This means it can be safely used in food.
Most oils and foods contain tocopherols, but tocotrienols are found at much lower levels in nature. Palm oil has one of the highest levels of tocotrienols in nature. Tocotrienol is not present in other vegetable or seed oils, except for rice bran. However, the natural occurrence of tocotrienols is generally limited, making it challenging to obtain the levels suggested by studies solely through dietary sources. Therefore, supplementation or specific dietary strategies may be necessary to achieve the desired amount of tocotrienols for potential health benefits.
Refined palm olein (palm cooking oil) contains low levels of tocotrienols, approximately 0.08%. To obtain the recommended amount of tocotrienols (50 mg – 100 mg per day) suggested by medical studies, one would need to consume about 80g – 160g (approximately one to two tea cups) of palm olein daily. Other cooking oils from corn, soybean, and sunflower contain virtually no tocotrienols.
Palm tocotrienols supplementation is suitable for individuals of all ages. It is recommended to start taking tocotrienols from young adulthood and continue throughout life for optimal health benefits. Older adults or individuals with health concerns such as diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke, and more are strongly advised to consume tocotrienols for improved health. Tocotrienols are also beneficial for those seeking an effective antioxidant.
Tocotrienols is generally safe when taken according to the recommended dosage. In human trials involving hundreds of patients with diabetes, post-stroke, high cholesterol, fatty liver and post cardiac surgery – tocotrienols supplementation was safe, even with their ongoing medication. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to consult with your healthcare provider before adding any new supplements to your routine, especially if you are already taking medications for health conditions like stroke, diabetes, or hypercholesterolemia. Your healthcare provider can assess your specific situation, consider any potential interactions or contraindications, and provide personalized guidance to ensure your safety and well-being.
Natural is best! We use natural sweeteners like honey in our products and strongly insist on no artificial sweeteners.
No, our products are completely free from any animal-derived ingredients. We adhere to a strict policy of using only plant-based ingredients, ensuring that our products are suitable for individuals following vegetarian or vegan lifestyles.
Yes, AVTRIEE and AVJELLYE is thoughtfully crafted to be inclusive and suitable for individuals adhering to vegetarian lifestyles. We are proud to offer a selection of products that do not contain any animal-derived ingredients, providing a plant-based alternative for those seeking ethical and sustainable choices in their dietary preferences.
Yes, our products have been certified as halal by JAKIM, meeting the strict requirements and standards set for halal certification. We understand the significance of offering halal options to our customers, and we are dedicated to providing products that adhere to the principles and guidelines of halal manufacturing and sourcing.
Our products will be available to purchase on selected pharmacies listed on our website. We are in the process of developing our on-site purchase service and look forward to serving you soon!
While tocotrienols may have potential health benefits, they should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment or prescribed medications. Always seek professional medical advice for specific health concerns and conditions to receive the most accurate and personalized recommendations.
Avtriee and AvJellyE® can be stored in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight. You should not store them in the refrigerator.
There are no specific age restrictions or limitations for (product) use. However, it is always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or follow the recommended dosage instructions provided on the packaging, especially when considering the use of dietary supplements for children or older adults.
The time it takes to see results or benefits from tocotrienol supplementation can vary depending on various factors, such as individual health conditions, dosage, and overall lifestyle. It is generally advised to take tocotrienols consistently as part of a long-term nutritional plan to potentially experience the desired effects.
Yes, Avreca products have been dermatologically tested and proven to be suitable for sensitive skin. It is formulated as a hypoallergenic product. Nevertheless, sensitivity to product ingredients may differ individually, please consult your dermatologist or doctor if you experience discomfort when using the product.
Avtriee is specially formulated to aid absorption of tocotrienols even without food. You can take Avtriee any time of the day and be rest assured to gain the benefits of tocotrienols.