According to a new study published online in the June 30, 2011 issue of the journal Stroke, researchers have found that maintaining high levels of certain types of vitamin E may help in the prevention of strokes as well as the damage induced by stroke. One of the types of vitamin E focused on in the study was alpha-tocotrienol (TCT), which can help clear oxidized glutathione from the system.
As we know, glutathione is a compound that is found in the liver to help aid in detoxification. However, under extreme stress, like a stroke, glutathione can become oxidized, causing neurons to be killed because of the excess build-up. By using TCT, researchers were able to reduce levels of oxidized glutathione, preventing cell death under stroke-like conditions.
This study demonstrates the importance of both vitamin E and glutathione, making it even more paramount to include these nutrients sufficiently in your diet.
Vitamin E can be sourced naturally from foods like wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, sunflower oil, hazelnuts, peanut butter, peanuts, spinach, and broccoli, as well as through vitamin E supplements.
Glutathione production in your body can be encouraged through the consumption of several different foods, including avocado, asparagus, broccoli, garlic, spinach, and tomatoes. It can also be boosted through using glutathione patches.