Vitamin E can increase hair re-growth in men with baldness, a new study shows.  But before you rush out to buy Vit E from your local retailer, there is a catch. The type of tocotrienol complex used in the research is different from the Vit E generally on sale in supplement stores.

The hair growth study showed hair growth increased by an average of nearly 42 per cent, calculated by the number of hairs within a selected area of a man’s scalp.

Dose 100mg Daily

The 28 men in the University of Science Malaysia study, took 100 mg daily of a full-spectrum tocotrienol/tocopherol complex derived from palm oil. 

The men were aged between 18 and 59. More than 90 per cent of male hair loss is due to male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, a quarter of which develops before the age of 30.  A control group taking soybean oil showed no change in hair loss.

Different Types of Vitamin E

So what Vitamin E is the “best” one?
There are at least eight different types of Vit E. Four of the eight different forms of Vit E are tocopherols, (alpha, beta, gamma and delta) and four are tocotrienols, (likewise alpha, beta, gamma and delta)

The type of Vit E most commonly sold as “Vitamin E supplement” is alpha tocopherol. Multiple studies have found cardio-vascular health is improved by a mix of tocotrienols.

Choose Natural Vit E 

Although most nutritionists consider natural forms of Vitamin E to be more potent than synthetically derived forms, many Vitamin E studies have been conducted with synthetically-derived Vit E, considered to be toxic by some practitioners.

It is synthetic Vit E which was allegedly found to increase prostate cancer risk.

Vitamin E from natural (food) sources is listed as “d-alpha-tocopherol” on food packaging and supplement labels.

Synthetic (laboratory-made) vitamin E is listed as “dl-alpha-tocopherol.”

Vit E in Diets

A mixed-plant diet based on coconut and palm foods, whole grain rice and other whole grains, can deliver a mix of tocotrienols, but most Western diets are limited to two tocopherols, alpha and gamma.