Malaysian ex­ports ex­pected to ex­pand as stud­ies show prod­uct has promis­ing med­i­cal ben­e­fits

New Straits Times - - Business / News - OOI TEE CHING SEPANG bt@me­di­

MALAYSIA’S an­nual US$70 mil­lion (RM299 mil­lion) palm oil Vi­ta­min E ex­ports to the global phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try are set to in­crease, as med­i­cal stud­ies show that the prod­uct can lower bad choles­terol lev­els, kill cancer cells and pro­tect brains from de­bil­i­tat­ing ef­fects of stroke.

“As more med­i­cal stud­ies dis­cover the ben­e­fits of palm oil Vi­ta­min E, the fu­ture is bright for mankind,” said Plan­ta­tion In­dus­tries and Com­modi­ties Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

“The Health Min­istry has just re­leased its sam­pling study on the coun­try’s 30 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion who con­sume palm oil in their daily diet. The re­sults af­firmed that palm oil doesn’t have any ad­verse ef­fect on our heart’s health,” he said af­ter open­ing the Palm In­ter­na­tional Nu­tra-Cos­me­ceu­ti­cal Con­fer­ence, here, yes­ter­day. The two­day con­fer­ence is or­gan­ised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Coun­cil.

Mah said the study con­firmed the ageold ad­vice that hu­mans should con­sume ad­e­quate fats in their daily diet for proper di­ges­tion and nu­tri­ent ab­sorp­tion.

He said ac­cord­ing to sci­en­tists, all vegetable oils con­tained Vi­ta­min E, namely to­co­pherols and to­cotrienols. “Palm oil has the rich­est known con­tent of nat­u­ral to­cotrienols. I am very en­cour­aged to learn from clin­i­cal tri­als con­ducted in the United States and Malaysia that to­cotrienols ex­tracted from palm oil have promis­ing med­i­cal ben­e­fits.”

As the med­i­cal ev­i­dence on to­cotrienol ben­e­fits ac­cu­mu­lated, the ex­port value of the prod­uct would keep ex­pand­ing, added the min­is­ter.

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