What is Ionizing Radiation?
Ionizing radiation refers to the physical process whereby energy is emitted as particles or waves by one body and travels through space or intervening medium and is absorbed by another body. Depending upon the type of particles or waves, ionizing radiation includes alpha radiation, beta radiation, gamma radiation, X-radiation, ultraviolet radiation, and/or neutrons. Radiation is all around us, invisible and unavoidable. Ionizing refers to the fact that when these particles or waves are absorbed by the body, they create ions or separately charged particles. These newly created particles are very unstable and very reactive and include "Free Radicals".
What are "Free Radicals"?
Free radicals are atoms or molecules that are missing electrons in their outer orbital shell usually caused by intrusion by outside physical or chemical agents. To make themselves whole again, free radicals will steal electrons from neighboring atoms or molecules. If free radicals attack the DNA in your genes, you might get cancer. If they attack a critical protein or disrupt a pathway or specific cellular process, you might get Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc. The Free Radical Theory of Aging (FRTA) was first introduced by Dr. Denham Harman at U.C. Berkeley's Donner Lab just before Dr. T. arrived in 1960. FRTA remains the most established and prevalent theory to explain why man ages, suffers chronic diseases and dies. Free radicals can initiate dangerous chain reactions that can damage and eventually destroy critical structures and functions in the human body.
What are "Anti-oxidants"?
Anti-oxidants are special atoms or molecules that can quench these damaging chain reactions caused by free radicals. One such group of powerful anti-oxidants is the fat-soluble vitamin E family of molecules. The first vitamin E molecule was discovered in 1922 by Dr. Herbert M. Evans at U.C. Berkeley's Life Science Bldg. By 1936, "Compound X" was finally isolated and identified and Dr. Evans named it "Tocopherol" from the Greek meaning "to bear young", with the "-ol" indicating it is chemically an alcohol. Since then, three other isomers of Tocopherols and four new Tocotrienols have been discovered, making a total of eight natural vitamin E's. Dr. Evans died in 1971 (stroke) and Dr. T. was one of his last graduate students. Another group at U.C. Berkeley led by Dr. Lester Packer, also a mentor of Dr. T. and whose laboratory was just down the hall from Dr. T.'s office, revealed for the first time that Tocotrienols were 50-60X more powerful as anti-oxidants than the better known alpha-Tocopherols. More recent research is now revealing that the Tocotrienols possess many more amazing biological properties:
Tocotrienols, members of the vitamin E family, are natural compounds found in a number of vegetable oils, wheat germ, barley, and certain types of nuts.
What is AFRRI?
Scientists at the "Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute" in Bethesda, MD have researched and screened hundreds of chemical and biological compounds for use as radiation countermeasure agents. After six years of extensive research, AFRRI revealed to the world in 2009 that Gamma- and Delta- Tocotrienols were amongst the most effective radioactive countermeasure agents. They have received U.S. and World patents and AFRRI has now published over a dozen papers on this subject.
What are radioactive countermeasure agents?
When the human body is exposed to whole body radiation, one of the most sensitive sites of attack is in the bone marrow where much of our blood cells are made (hematopoiesis). AFRRI research studies have revealed that Tocotrienols display an incredible stimulatory effect on bone marrow recovery after exposure to radiation. Tocotrienols helped to replenish a fresh supply of blood as they almost fully restored bone marrow hematopoietic cells back to normal levels in weeks. Their studies also revealed that pre-treatment with the Tocotrienols 24 hrs. prior to radiation exposure was more effective than post-radiation treatment. This could be important for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy in hospital oncology departments. Delta- and Gamma- Tocotrienols could also be useful as powerful radio-protectors for first responders in nuclear accidents, terrorism, or war, and for radiation workers in and around nuclear reactors. There are about 440 operational nuclear reactors around the world, with about half of them along sides coastlines with many of them quite aged (over 35 yrs old). These conditions are frighteningly similar to events prior to the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster - the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years earlier...
What is Delta-POWER®?
Delta-POWER® is our flagship brand of Tocotrienols that is naturally free of Tocopherols. (Alpha-Tocopherol has been shown to interfere with the absorption and functions of the Tocotrienols). Delta-POWER® Tocotrienols are carefully extracted from the rich oil found inside the mature seeds of the tropical rainforest plant (Bixa orellana) popularly known as the "lipstick" plant or Annatto (English), Achiote (Spanish) or Urucum (Portuguese). These mature seeds are crushed to yield 3-4% of a crude oil extract that is further refined by patented processes to obtain and preserve its unique natural content of 90% Delta-Tocotrienol & 10% Gamma-Tocotrienol. The two other major sources of Tocotrienols - palm oil and rice bran oil - possess Alpha- and Beta- Tocotrienols as well as Alpha-Tocopherols - all of which have been shown to interfere with Tocotrienols in cancer and cardiovascular studies. Moreover, "Tocotrienols... can suffer from oxidation when exposed to heat, air (oxygen), metal ions (esp. in diet), and extremes of pH (too acid or too basic)..." [Schauss, A.G. et. al., "Safety of Unsaturated Vitamin E Tocotrienols and Their Isomers", in Tocotrienols: Vitamin E Beyond Tocopherols, © 2013 by American Oil Chemists Society. p.20]. Take care of Tocotrienols and they will take care of you! Delta-POWER® comes in convenient safe packets of 90 softgels (125mg each), but must be stored and taken properly. (Instructions come inside every packet and updated as the new science dictates.)
What is the suggested dosage?
The goal is to get the vitamin E Delta-Tocotrienol into every cell in your body. Depending upon your physical size, the human body can have 30-35 trillion cells. Delta-Tocotrienol is fat-soluble and will go firstly into the fatty organs - brain, liver, skin, etc. but also into the rapidly dividing malignant cells of cancer. Each type of tissue will saturate at its own unique rate. If you have immediate health concern(s), start with 3 softgels taken together and follow our suggested protocol which is provided in every packet. Continue for 3-4 weeks... During this period, most organs will load up and establish a steady-state equilibrium within its tissues. Once loaded, you may consider lowering to 2 softgels/day as a maintenance dose. If you are healthy, you may consider lowering to 1 softgel/day. However, if there is cancer in your history, it is strongly suggested you maintain high saturation with 3 softgels/day or more... Remember: It is not just how much you take... but also how and when you take it, as well as what you take it with! Specific instructions are provided in every packet. We recommend Delta-POWER® be kept refrigerated to maintain stability and freshness.
Storage Temperature of Vitamin E - Articles
- ChemicalBook - Vitamin E Property – Storage Temperature: 2-8 degrees Centigrade Learn More >>
- Effect of Storage Temperature on the Stability of Phytonutrients in Palm Concentrates Learn More >>
- Effect of Storage Temperature on the Stability of Fat-Soluble Micronutrients in Rice Varieties Learn More >>
- Development of Orally Administered y-Tocotrienol (GTE) Nanoemulsion for Radioprotection Learn More >>
- Stability of Grape Seed Oil and its Antioxidant Tocotrienols: When stored in the refrigerator in the dark, there was practically no decomposition of α-, γ-and δ-tocotrienols whose contents remained completely unchanged. Learn More >>
- Q10 Temperature Coefficient - a measure of the rate of change of a biological or chemical system as a consequence of increasing the temperature by 10 °C... For most biological systems, the Q10 value is ~ 2X to 3X. Article 1 >> • Article 2 >>
A Personal Note:
I wish to make it clear that refrigeration is not suggested nor recommended by our manufacturer. Their studies show that annatto tocotrienols are very stable when kept at room temperature (23 ° C +/- 3°C) and average humidity (40%) over the course of three years. But my research training at U.C. Berkeley has conditioned me to keep all vitamin E preparations stored in the dark under refrigeration, as that was one of my daily duties as a graduate student of Prof. Herbert M. Evans, the discoverer of Vitamin E. This decision is strictly and solely ours. One major concern is that ambient temperature and relative humidity can vary considerably by local weather conditions, geographical location (latitude, longitude & altitude), season of the year, etc... was it continually kept safe and protected while being shipped in a non-refrigerated vehicle. We feel more secure if we store and ship refrigerated. We absolutely do not seek to cause trouble with any company, distributor or customer! This simply gives peace of mind. It requires additional work and costs, but we believe it is well worth it... knowing we did our best to protect this natural, incredibly gifted molecule, especially during the hot and humid summer months!
Another personal note: You cannot judge the purity and quality of Annatto Tocotrienol by color. The color is actually determined by the carotenoid pigments - Bixin and Norbixin - which make up the natural color of annatto. The local growing conditions in the tropical country of origin will determine the final color. Pure Delta-Tocotrienol itself is colorless. Each and every batch is tested for purity, quality, etc. and verified by third-party testings. Delta-POWER™ contains 90% Delta- and 10% Gamma- Tocotrienols - naturally free of Tocopherols. We leave the color alone.
Take care of Delta-POWER™... and it will incredibly take care of you!!! Sincerely, Dr. T.
What if I'm going on a trip and cannot keep the Tocotrienols cold?
If you have been taking consistently for a month or more, your cells probably have enough stored that you can simply re-saturate when you get back from your trip. Remember that fat-soluble nutrients are usually combined with a protein to form a complex known as a "lipoprotein"... and are transported and stored in the body as such. If you are traveling by jet, it is suggested that you protect yourself from the radiation at high altitude by taking 2-4 softgels the night before your flight, and another 2-4 in the morning, especially if it is a very long flight. You are exposed to a hundred times more radiation at high altitude than from the airport scanners.
What if the color of my softgels appear different than the prior batch?
The color actually comes from an internal carotenoid pigment called Bixin - the natural color of annatto. This pigment is primarily determined by the naturally growing conditions in the region of the country of origin and is not indicative of any softgel problems. Delta-POWER® Tocotrienol itself is colorless... Each batch is tested for quality and purity before it is ever shipped... Our annatto sources are from all over the world, but most recently from Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, or Bolivia. Delta-POWER® contains 90% delta- and 10% gamma- Tocotrienols and is free of Tocopherols. We leave the color alone... it comes from mother nature... if we try to remove the color, we will damage everything!! Our little pill can vary in spectrum from dark to light red to orange-red to yellow-red, all naturally made by mother nature. We store and ship all of our Delta-POWER® packets of Tocotrienols refrigerated to maintain quality, stability, and freshness.
Again, take care of Delta-POWER® and take it properly, and it will certainly take care of you!