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#287 Nerd alert: Vit E tocopherols vs tocotrienols with Dr. Barrie Tan

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This week on The Less Stressed Life Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Barrie Tan. In this episode, we get SUPER NERDY about types of Vitamin E. Dr. Tan sources Vitamin E from annatto, the stuff that colors your cheese yellow and is from a tree in South America. Since I had just returned from South America right before recording this episode, we hit it off talking about Incan cultural uses of annatto. Just a day in my dream life of being a podcaster.


  • Cell membranes (which actually applies to you if you have ANY condition, deficiency or dry skin)
  • Fatty liver disease, lipids, inflammation, weight loss, cancer and the impact of specific types of Vitamin E
  • Tocotrienols and sources from palm, rice and annatto and protecting the antioxidant from oxidation (making it anti-healthy).

Dr. Barrie Tan is hailed as a trailblazer and the worlds foremost expert on vitamin E. A scientist first and foremost, Dr. Tan earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand and spent several years as a professor at UMass. His research expertise includes lipid-soluble nutrients (carotenoids, E vitamers, CoQ10, and omega-3s) that impact chronic conditions. He was the first to introduce tocotrienols benefits to the nutrition industry and developed the first-ever tocopherol-free tocotrienol product derived from annatto. Dr. Tan continues to collaborate with numerous universities worldwide to further tocotrienol research. Beyond tocotrienol, Dr. Tans research now spans into geranylgeraniol, a critical endogenous nutrient for healthy aging.

Dr. Tan has held roles of Chief Scientific Officer and Scientific Board Member for multinational organizations. His career includes periods working in association with the US Armed Forces and a Prince of Thailand as well as being an internationally celebrated and sought-after speaker, having presented at multiple respected conferences in the field including; IFT, ADA, ASN, IHS, A4M, NPA, AACR, ICIM, AOCS, IAOMT, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Renowned for his engaging warmth and gracious humor, Dr. Tan has also been featured in array of popular media including the Ben Greenfield and JJ Virgin podcasts.

Dr. Tan is currently the President of American River Nutrition, a natural health R&D company he started with his wife, Elizabeth, in 1998. Described as a scientific pioneer, his mission is simple, improve the everyday health of peoples lives.

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