Palm Oil (Red)


Red Palm Oil (Elaeis guineensis, dendê oil)

 Palm oil is an edible plant oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm Elaeis guineensis.
Palm oil is naturally reddish in color because of a high beta-carotene content. It is not to be confused with palm kernel oil derived from the kernel of the same fruit, or coconut oil derived from the kernel of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). The differences are in color (raw palm kernel oil lacks carotenoids and is not red), and in saturated fat content: Palm mesocarp oil is 41% saturated, while Palm Kernel oil and Coconut oil are 81% and 86% saturated respectively.

Palm Oil and its liquid fraction, palm olein, are consumed worldwide as cooking oils and as constituents of margarines and shortening. These oils are also incorporated into fat blends used in the manufacture of a variety of food products as well as in home food preparation.  Palm Oil is easily digested, absorbed and utilized in normal metabolic processes. Like other vegetable oils, it is cholesterol-free. Having a moderate level of saturation, it does not require hydrogenation for use as a fat component in foods and, as such, does not contain trans-fatty acids. The fatty acid composition of  Palm oil is similar to that of the adipose tissue in most people on an ordinary diet.

What is Virgin Red Palm Oil?

Red (unprocessed) and red or golden (specially refined) Palm oils, the major cooking oils in many parts of the world, are rich sources of beta-carotene, an antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A and tocotrienols, all of which have antioxidant properties. Palm Oil and palm oil products are naturally occurring sources of the antioxidant vitamin E constituents, tocopherols and tocotrienols. These natural antioxidants act as scavengers of damaging oxygen free radicals and are hypothesized to play a protective role in cellular aging, arteriosclerosis and cancer.  Natural Vitamin E derived from palm oil does not promote the formation of plaques in the arteries. Palm oil lowers the total blood cholesterol. A palm oil diet increases the production of a hormone that prevents blood clotting.

Virgin Palm oil is palm oil that is traditionally made and maintains the natural nutrients of carotenes (precursors to Vitamin A) and the antioxidant tocotrienols (Vitamin E). Typical RBD (Refined, Deodorized, and Bleached) palm oil has these nutrients stripped from them resulting in a clear oil. In its natural state, palm oil is red in color due to a high concentration of carotenes and tocols. It is a traditional oil used for more than 5000 years in African countries, where small-scale family farms flourish. In non-tropical climates in cooler temperatures the oil tends to be orange, like a carrot. Our Virgin Palm Oil comes from small scale family farms in South America. These farmers are certified by ProForest, which ensures that they meet strict social, environmental and technical criteria. With regard to environmental criteria, the assessments are carried out at the landscape and operational level at both the farms and processing facilities. These assessments cover environmental impact on the soil, water, air, biodiversity and local communities. The lands the farmers use are not lands that were deforested. The lands used to grow the palm fruit are lands previously used for agricultural purposes (cattle, rice, banana).

Oils and fats generally are susceptible to attack by atmospheric oxygen, resulting in rancidity. Virgin Palm Oil contains tocols (Vitamin E) which are powerful natural antioxidants. Therefore, it has exceptional resistance to rancidity. Virgin Palm Oil is known for its excellent stability at high temperatures.

Vitamin E is one of the most important phytonutrients in edible oils. It consists of eight naturally occurring isomers, a family of four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta) homologues. While most Vitamin E supplements on the market today are composed of the more common tocopherols, tocotrienols are believed to be a  much more potent antioxidant than tocopherols. Tocotrienols are naturally present in most plants, however they are found most abundantly in palm oil extracted from palm fruits. Other sources are rice, wheat germ, oat and barley. It has been shown by published research that alpha-tocotrienol is more potent than alpha-tocopherol as a form of Vitamin E. Since tocotrienols are a form of Vitamin E found less abundantly in nature than tocopherols, the research on this super anti-oxidant is still recent and ongoing. It is predicted that tocotrienols will become recognized as the new super anti-oxidant in the very near future. Virgin Palm Oil is one of your best sources for Vitamin E. Most Vitamin E supplements and skin care products on the market today are soy-based.

Vitamin A nutrition: Carotenes from Virgin Palm Oil are Nature’s Abundant Source

In nature, there are approximately 600 known carotenoids, ranging from yellow orange to red hues and some 50 of these pigments possess vitamin A activity of varying degrees. Virgin Palm Oil is one of the richest natural plant sources of carotenoids with concentration of 500–700 ppm. It has 15 times more carotenoids than carrots and 300 times more than tomatoes. No other vegetable oil contains carotenoids in such significant quantities. Analysis shows that alpha and beta carotenes constitute approximately 90% of the total carotenoid content.

Note: Vitamin A in its complete form is only available from fats in animal sources, like our cod liver oil. Carotenes are what our bodies (if they are functioning properly) use to convert to vitamin A. While animal sources are a more readily available source of Vitamin A, Vitamin A can be toxic at excessive levels, whereas carotenes are not. Therefore, vitamin A toxic levels are not possible from consuming Virgin Palm Oil.

Virgin Palm Oil has a very high smoke point at about 425 degrees F.

Studies show palm tocotrienols inhibit the growth of skin, stomach, pancreas, liver, lung, colon, prostate, breast and other cancers. Most of the research to date has been done with breast cancer where tocotrienols show great promise. They not only prevent cancer from taking hold, but also actively block its growth and initiate apoptosis- a process where diseased cells commit suicide. This is a normal process that is programmed into all of our cells in order to remove old and diseased cells. However, in cancer cells this process is blocked and affected cells continue to multiply and grow without restraint. Ordinary Vitamin E does not induce programmed cell death in cancer cells. Only tocotrienols have this effect.

The antioxidant power of red palm oil has also shown to be of benefit in protecting against neurological degeneration. Two of the most significant factors that affect brain function are oxidative stress and poor circulation

Red palm oil for skin composition.

Red palm oil has a unique composition that makes it a perfect skin care product. It contains huge number of valuable nutrients and vitamins that not only keep the skin smooth and beautiful but also prevent its damage and some diseases.

Vitamin E

Palm oil is rich in vitamin E and its form known as tocotrienol. These substances have powerful antioxidant activity which means, they fight free radicals in our body and by that, prevent cell damage and certain diseases, like cancer. Not only does vitamin E protect our skin but it also has anti-aging effect by eliminating wrinkles and smothering skin surface as mentioned on Mercola. Vitamin E contributes to proper blood circulation which leads to more active cell regeneration and therefore, the new healthy skin layers are formed faster. In addition, this vitamin assists in smoothing and evening the skin and reducing or even eliminating scars, burns and spots.

Vitamin A and carotenes

The substance that gives red palm oil its deep color is carotene, which is also found in carrots, tomatoes and peppers.As WebMd recommends,choose colorful food for healthy skin! Our body converts carotenes in vitamin A, which plays a very important role for our well-being and the health of the skin. It directly affects the dermis – a layer, where collagen and elastin vessels are. Thus, vitamin A promotes skin elasticity and strength as well as blood circulation and cell regeneration. It also repairs the damaged cell structure and has an ability to protect the skin from UV damage.

Moisturizing and cleansing properties

Red palm oil is well known for its high concentration of fats. However, this is rather a benefit than a negative feature as palm oil hydrates the skin and supplies it with essential fatty acids and necessary nutrients. As well this oil has the fatting agent which helps to restore the natural skin oil and thus keep it moisturized. Red palm oil is also effective as a cleansing product, freeing the skin from dirt and excess oil. Red palm oil can be applied either internally as a food supplement or externally, in form of various soaps, creams or as mask or skin treatment ingredient.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein  is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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