The Red Gold - Palm Oil
by Emeka Ekeocha
for good health. It is dark red colour, due to the presence of a compound called
carotenes that also give carrots and tomatoes their colour.
Red Palm Oil Health Benefits
Find out how the regular consumption of palm oil in limited amounts, can help you in
deriving maximum health benefits.
The carotenes contained in red oil make it a powerful source of antioxidants. These
are converted into vitamin A by the body, a lack of which causes blindness, weak
bones, poor immunity, and even after normal mental functions. Since carotenes
require fat to be converted to vitamin A, it serves as the perfect solution, and help
those who consume itl by preventing all the above mentioned problems.
Mothers who are breast feeding may be able to enrich their milk with vitamin A which
is necessary for healthy growth and development children, upon including red palm oil
in their diet.
Apart from vitamin A, it is also great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E contains
tocotrienol, of four types all which are found in red palm oil. These also give it
antioxidant properties that help in eliminating free radicals from the body which are a
cause for the development of several diseases including cancer.
Unlike other cooking oil such as olive oil, that lose their nutrients upon heating, red
palm oil retains all of its nutrient and is popular as cooking oil. In fact, in many
government programs that are undertaken to eliminate nutritional deficiencies, the
food is cooked in red oil. This gives the sufferer all the nutrients required by their
Though it contains a high amount of saturated fat, studies have shown that
consumption of red palm oil in fact prevents heart disease. This is possible as it has
the ability to remove the buildup of plague in the arteries, and thus even bring down
cholesterol levels. However, it has been advised to consult a doctor before you begin
the intake of red oil, if you are at the risk of heart disease.
Another way in which it can protect the heart is by stabilizing blood pressure levels.
Due to its antioxidant, red palm oil also reduces the possibility of inflammations of
arteries. This helps in keeping the blood pressure level under control. The regular
consumption of red palm oil has shown to reduce the risk of developing cancer. This
because of tocotrienols that contain anti-cancer properties, and help in preventing
skin pancreas, liver, lunch, colon, stomach and prostate cancer. However, the best
results have been experienced against breast cancer.
Other problems that can be prevented by the use of this medicinal fruit include
macular degeneration, arthritis, cataract, osteoporosis, liver disease, and asthma.
About The Author
After learning about the benefits of wonderful red palm oil ensure that you include it in
your diet, and keep fit and healthy in the long run. Remember to consume it in
moderation, as an excess of anything is never good. A tablespoon a day should keep
all your problems away.
Red gold, commonly known as red oil
has been in use for over 5000 years,
both, for nutritional as well as
medicinal purposes. Particularly in
Egypt, red palm oil was revered and
considered a sacred food. It is
extracted from the fruit of oil palm
that originated in tropical Africa. Now,
it is grown in other parts of the world
too. Though it has been in use for so
many years, it is only now that
doctors and scientists have begun
researching about the benefits of red
palm oil in our health and well being.
It is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and
phytonutrients, which are essential
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