Also called palm fruit oil, palm oil comes from the fruit of Elaeis
guineensis, the oil palm tree. Although most other types of vegetable
oils come from the seed or kernel of the various fruits, palm oil is
extracted from the fleshy pulp or mesocarp of the oil palm fruit.
Unrefined palm oil possesses a rich, reddish-orange color and a variety
of potential health benefits.
According to the American Palm Oil Council, palm oil serves as
the richest natural source of tocotrienols, which are members of the
vitamin E family of antioxidants. Another antioxidant present in palm
oil is vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene. According to the
Malaysia Palm Oil Council, unrefined palm oil contains 15 times more
carotenoids than carrots. These antioxidants may protect your body from
free--radicals, molecules that damage your body's cells and could
contribute to an increased risk of various health problems.
If you have dry-skin or dread the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,
you might consider using palm oil to improve or forestall skin woes,
palm oil serves an as emollient when applied topically, soothing and
moisturizing harsh or damaged skin. You can also use it to promote
healing of burns and cuts, an effect due in large part to the oil's high
vitamin E content. Apply palm oil up to three times daily for maximum
benefit; consider sticking with white Palm oil
to avoid possible
staining to your skin and clothing that could arise when using unrefined
red palm oil.
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