Health Benefits of SHAAN Refined Palm Oil 21 Mar 14
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the mesocarp (reddish pulp) of the fruit of the oil palms. Palm oil is naturally reddish in color because of a high beta-carotene content. 
Essentially, it contains rich, balanced mixture of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, providing a higher level of bioavaliable nutrients than any other vegetable source. 
Like coconut oil, palm oil is also rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which mobilise body fat stores, increase the metabolic rate and are a great source of energy. 
Palm oil is a rich source of antioxidants, especially Vitamin E. While the health benefits of Vitamin E are widely known, less widely known is the fact that Vitamin E is a complex of many constituents broken into two groups: tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta) and tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta). And while alpha tocopherol is the form most commonly marketed as Vitamin E, the full spectrum of both tocoperols and tocotrienols are required for optimal assimilation. 
The super-antioxidant tocotrienols are particularly important for optimal health. These natural antioxidants act as free radical scavengers and are believed to play a protective role in cellular aging, atherosclerosis, cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. 
Researchers now believe that the tocopherols and tocotrienols together provide constituents that help limit damage during a heart attack. 
Palm Oil not only supplies fatty acids essential for proper growth and development, but it is packed with an assortment of vitamins, antioxidants and other phytonutrients important for good health. For instance, the red colour comes from carotenes such as beta-carotene and lycopene - the same nutrients that give tomatoes and carrots and other fruits and vegetables their rich red and orange colours. Carotenes are valuable nutrients and powerful antioxidants. They are also important because the body can convert them into Vitamin A, an essential nutrient. Vitamin A deficiency can cause blindness, weaken bones, lower immunity and adversely affect learning ability and mental function. 
"Vitamin A is only found in animal foods. Such foods are too expensive for many people. Carotenes in fruits and vegetables can supply the needed Vitamin A if an adequate amount of fat is also consumed. Carotenes require fat for conversion into Vitamin A. Unfortunately those who cannot afford animal products often do not eat much fat either. 
Populations with ample carotene-rich foods available often suffer from vitamin A deficiency because they don't get enough fat in their diet," Dr. Albert Egbuehi of the Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine University of Lagos said: "Palm Oil is the richest dietary source of provitamin A carotenes (beta-carotene and alpha-carotene). It has 15 times more provitamin A carotenes than carrots and 300 times more than tomatoes. This has made it a valued resource in the treatment of Vitamin A deficiency." "Just one teaspoon a day of Palm Oil supplies children with the daily recommend amount of Vitamin A. Nursing mothers are encouraged to supplement their diet with palm oil to enrich their milk with the vitamin," he stressed. 
Studies, however, show that adding Palm Oil into the diet can double or triple the amount of Vitamin A in mother's milk. The children are not only getting the Vitamin A they need but other important nutrients as well. Palm Oil is a virtual powerhouse of nutrition. It contains by far, more nutrients than any other dietary oil. In addition to beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and lycopene it contains at least 20 other carotenes along with Vitamin E, Vitamin K, CoQ10, squalene, phytosterols, flavonoids, phenolic acids, and glycolipids. Palm Oil is loaded with so many nutrients and antioxidants, it's like a natural dietary supplement. In fact, it is currently being encapsulated and sold as a vitamin supplement. The depletion of antioxidants including antioxidant enzymes is known to increase the risk of complications in conditions such as CVD, diabetes and cancer. 
He concluded that the oil could minimise oxidative damage through its potential ability to increase antioxidant enzymes. "RPO may therefore play a role in the prevention and treatment of oxidative injuries to explore and support this hypothesis," he stated. Antioxidant enzymes are the main defense components of the biological systems in both humans and animals. Endogenous antioxidants as intracellular defense systems protect cells


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