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Gamma-tocopherol and gamma-tocotrinol

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Hello, Paleohackers! I've found answers here to plenty of my questions, and I'm hoping someone can help me with this one!

What are some paleo-friendly dietary sources of gamma-tocopherol and gamma-tocotrinol?

Back story: I have been taking 400IU of Vitamin E (Naturals line at GNC) to help my struggles with menorrhagia (absurdly heavy menstrual bleeding) - for a while I was taking it daily throughout the month, and lately I've cut it down to just the week before and the week of my period and I still see acceptable results. I'm not seeing any negative side effects, but I'd like to get this from my diet and not have to take any supplements. (The whole reason I'm having menorrhagia is because I chose to switch from hormonal birth control to a non-hormonal IUD, and it causes heavy bleeding.)

On another forum, I found a post analyzing this article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC17228/

(Not so) brief summary: Vitamin E works to reduce cramping and bleeding by inhibiting the production of an enzyme called COX-2. COX-2 is the precursor to the type of prostaglandin that causes uterine cramps. There are 8 forms of vitamin E, and the most common one (alpha-tocopherol) that is in typical multivitamins and supplements DOES NOT have an effect on COX-2. source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/11005841/ and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/12724340/?i=3&from=/11005841/related The form of vitamin E that has been shown to have an effect on COX-2 is gamma-tocopherol and gamma-tocotrinol. Further, increased amounts of alpha-tocopherol can decrease the amount of gamma-tocopherol in our bodies.

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I concur with Red Palm Oil, not easy to find, but I get mine at a African foods specialty store.

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on May 31, 2013
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The gamma form dominates in natural foods. Red palm oil is a concentrated source.

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I concur with Red Palm Oil, not easy to find, but I get mine at a African foods specialty store.

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