An E-xcellent local oil

They are a source of energy and nutrients for our bodies, as well as antioxidants that protect our cells against the effects of free radicals and help to reduce inflammation.

These are the good oils that should form a small but essential part of our daily diet.

While there are many types of oils out there, an excellent one in our very own backyard is palm oil, which contains a high level of vitamin E.

Palm vitamin E has so much health potential, said Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) director-general Datuk Dr Ahmad Kushairi Din.

Dr Kushairi

This includes protecting brain cells, improving the body’s defence system, promoting healthy skin and eyes, as well as having anti-ageing effects.

There are two kinds of vitamin E – tocotrienols and tocopherols – and palm oil has high tocotrienol content, which is the more powerful compound, said Dr Ahmad Kushairi.

Palm oil is one of the richest natural sources of tocotrienols, aside from rice bran and annatto oils, he added.
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