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Switching to This Oil Can Boost Brain Function

By    |   Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:24 AM

Red palm oil has suffered from one of the greatest injustices in modern nutrition history. For years, we’ve been told to avoid palm oil because it is among the worst oils for the heart and because it’s often a major ingredient in processed foods that damage health in many ways.
But these warnings generally refer to palm kernel oil — not red palm oil. There’s a big difference.
Red palm oil is 50 percent saturated, vs. 89 percent for palm kernel oil. Red palm oil is densely packed with beta-carotene, lycopene, CoQ10, and a powerful form of vitamin E called tocotrienols, making it a bona fide superfood.
Palm kernel oil, on the other hand, has little nutrient value and should be avoided whenever possible.
Although red palm oil has been used for thousands of years in Africa and Asia as a medicinal food, it is just now becoming popular in North America.
Mehmet Oz. M.D., has been touting it, saying that taking red palm oil daily “extends the warranty on nearly every organ of your body.”
Red palm oil is nature’s richest source of tocotrienols.
Why is this important? Because not all forms of vitamin E are created equal.
Joseph Keenan, M.D., a renowned researcher in the field of preventive cardiology and a professor in the University of Minnesota School of Food Science and Nutrition, tells Newsmax Health that natural vitamin E comes in eight different forms.
Four are called tocopherols, the forms found in most supplements and multivitamins on the market.
The other four are tocotrienols (pronounced toe-ko-try-en-alls), which function completely differently.
A two-year human clinical study published in the American Heart Association Journal found that vitamin E tocotrienols derived from Malaysian red palm oil help protect the brain’s white matter by slowing the progression of lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease and aging.
“This is significant because about 50 percent of your brain is made of white matter,” says Dr. Keenan.
“The health of your brain’s white matter affects how well it learns and functions. This is the first study that provides solid evidence of tocotrienols’ neuroprotective benefits in humans.”
Previous animal studies have reported that vitamin E tocotrienols derived from red palm oil are capable of preventing damage to white matter during a stroke and improving circulation to the damaged part of the brain after a stroke.
“This is why regular supplementation with red palm tocotrienols is recommended, especially for people at high risk of strokes,” said Dr. Keenan.
Cameron Rink, M.D., and his team of researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center discovered that tocotrienols block cholesterol production in the liver and reduce total blood cholesterol, which can inhibit blood supply throughout the body.
After only 10 weeks of supplementation with tocotrienols, he found that subjects experienced an increase in the diameter of their arteries, a signal of overall brain and heart health.
“We think that tocotrienols help reduce brain damage by providing a collateral blood supply to the brain, which offers someone better protection from an initial or secondary stroke,” he says.
Dr. Oz calls red palm oil a “miraculous find,” and recommends two tablespoons a day for longevity, better brain function, and improved heart health. If you prefer supplements, Dr. Keenan recommends a dose of 200 milligrams twice daily.
At room temperature, red palm oil is semi-solid. This means it can be used as a spread on bread. It also works well in stir-fry foods. You can find red palm oil at most health food stores or online.
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Red palm oil has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal food, but it is just now becoming popular in North America. New research shows it may help slow the progression of lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease and aging.
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