Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol)
Why is so Vitamin E or Tocopherol so important for our helth and why GMO multinationals are modifying the contents of Tocopherols
There is also an extensive bibliography on the anti-tumoral action of vitamin E.
This liposoluble substance consists of a group of various components, called Tocopherols. Seven of these exist in nature; alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, zeta and eta.
Alpha-Tocopherol has an anti-oxidant effect on the lipidic membranes in synergy with Melatonine, carrying out a preventative action on the peroxidization of the cellular membrane induced by ionizing radiation and by chemical carcinogenes.
Vitamin E also carries out an anti-oxidative action in a wider sense, acting as a ‘scavenger’ of the free radicals, similar to vitamin C.
It performs a stimulating activity on the immune system; it induces cellular differentiation; it inhibits, in a selective way, cellular growth intervening at DNA and RNA synthesis level.
Various studies have shown its ability to induce apoptosis in cellular lines of breast carcinomas and lymphoma B.
It is inactivated by Iron, therefore it is essential that any medicines based on Iron are not taken at the same time as vitamin E, but at a distance of at least 10-12 hours.
Aluminum, which is often present in pharmaceutical products, also deactivates vitamin E.
The uncooked oil of Triticum sativum (wheat germ; note: has vitamin B12) contains about twice as much vitamin E as the uncooked oil from the seeds of Helianthus annuus (sunflower) and the latter contains about five times as much as uncooked olive oil. Furthermore all these seeds are rich in essential unsaturated fats, an important part of the diet for cancer patients.
In anti-neoplastic therapy much is being discussed about: the raw seeds of Helianthus annuus (which the author personally considers useful in therapy), wheat shoots (the author is not in favor), Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast, of which the author is not in favor), and the shoots of soya lecithin (of dubious use and the author is against their use because of the transgenic risk).
The use of synthetic vitamins to supplement natural vitamins in oncologic therapy is still a controversial issue. The author maintains, however, that the natural vitamins are by far preferable to industrially produced ones: Dracontium loretense, for example, which is considered one of the best plants for its specific anti-oxidant potential, is of superior quality in its anti-oxidant ability compared to synthetic vitamin E (566).
As an already extracted natural product, together with or without other vitamins, vitamin E must be given in addition to high quantities of raw seeds of Helianthus annuus (also containing vitamin A, all the vitamin B compounds, vitamin D, Manganese, Zinc and Magnesium) and of high quantities of raw Triticum sativum (which is rich in the precious alpha-lipoic acid): both are also very rich in vitamin B6 (pyridoxin), the latter is important for the immune system, but it is difficult to find in other compatible foods for a suitable diet for cancer patients. Pyridoxin, in fact, is contained especially in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the latter is a food which the author does not regard favorably for an anti-neoplastic diet, because it contains high quantities of folic acid.
Natural Octacosanol, extracted from the oil of Triticum sativum, has a synergetic action with vitamin E, but it is, in any case, better to consume it with all the uncooked oil of Triticum sativum and/or Triticum sativum itself rather than taking it already extracted, as a pharmaceutical product (because it loses its active principles).
Vitamin E is particularly efficient in combination with Selenium, which is contained in Aloe species, Solanum lycopersicum (tomatoes), Equisetum species, Allium cepa (onions).
There is also an extensive bibliography on Selenium.
Both vitamin E and Selenium are in their turn synergetic with Zinc in inhibiting the production of inflammatory prostoglandins and leukotrienes.
Vitamin E conversion factors
Vitamin E is expressed in milligrams of tocopheral equivalents (T.E.)
1 milligram of Tocopherol is equal to:
= 1 milligram of D-alpha Tocopherol
= 2 milligrams of D-beta Tocopherol
= 5 milligrams of D-gamma Tocopherol
GMO multinationals are modifying the contents of Tocopherols
Nowadays, the different amounts of Tocopherols contained in the plants are being deliberately modified. For example, scientific papers published the first researches on modification of Soya seeds and other plants, such as Maize and Rice, which have the aim to reduce delta-Tocopherol from 20% to less than 2% and to increase alpha-Tocopherol up to more than 95% (1388). Although it is known that alpha-tocopherol is very important for the human health (250 milligrams are equivalent to 400 I.U. of vitamin E), some people arrogated to themselves the right to dramatically reduce the amounts of delta-tocopherol and beta-tocopherol in Soya, Maize and Rice (1388), considering them useless for human health and without taking into consideration the medical data, which demonstrated the importance of all tocopherols in the human diet (alfa, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, theta). Since these vitamin E subgroups have a varied tissue distribution, the presence of these lipid antioxidants in the different mammalian biological tissues is probably guaranteed by different mechanisms (1411, 1412).
Furthermore, the plants themselves absolutely need their own tocopherols in order to survive oxidative stress of both ultraviolet rays and sunlight. Scientific papers demonstrated that the thylakoid membrane –bound ascorbate peroxidase (t-APX) is a limiting factor in the antioxidant system of all chloroplasts under the oxidative stress induced by ultraviolet rays (1389). It was demonstrated that GMO potatoes lacking in this substance die in short time because of the effects of ultraviolet rays. So, as also demonstrated by another study (1390), the t-APX depends on the tocopherols. The German research shows that the reduction of Tocopherols contained in the Thylakoid membrane is a limiting factor for the plant defence reaction against the oxidative stress.
Furthermore, it was proved that the enzyme geranylgeranyl reductase (ChlP) is the most sensible system to the light stress: its reduction in GMO plants is accompanied by a reduction of tocopherols and chlorophyll. Therefore, Tocopherols are essential because they allow plants to perform their normal functions without being damaged by photo-oxidative stress (light). In particular, all 4 main tocopherols are essential to plants. A poor production of all 4 main tocopherols has devastating effects on GMO plants, as well demonstrated in case of tested GMO potatoes (1391). Finally, it was demonstrated that biological damage observed both in case of GMO Maize and GMO potatoes was caused by a genetic mutation which brought about the loss of the four above mentioned tocopherols.
Source: The book Thousand Plants against Cancer without Chemo-Therapy, author Giuseppe Nacci, M.D