HEALTHY OUTLOOK FOR PALM OIL VIT E
Malaysian exports expected to expand as studies show product has promising medical benefits
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.