A recent article in Time Magazine reported that the promise of tocotrienols in the fight against cancer and the prevention of strokes is gathering force worldwide and that palm oil – rich in this form of vitamin E – finds itself at the forefront of research in this field.
Time Magazine reports that Pramod Khosla, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at Wayne State University in Detroit, says that numerous laboratory studies done over the past two decades in theU.S., Canada and Malaysia show that tocotrienols are “very effective” at killing cancer cells. Arthur Ling, CEO of Davos Life Science, a Singapore-based biomedical firm which steams the oil-palm fruit at high temperatures before extracting tocotrienols, also points out that extracting vitamins from oil palm fruits is particularly welcome given the advantages of using food compounds that are natural and safe.
In addition, the article reveals that past tests have been so promising that this month Davos Life will embark on a human clinical trial with tocotrienols in Kuala Lumpur. Researchers at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey are also carrying out more cancer-specific clinical trials, while scientists at Ohio State University are conducting trials looking at the effects of tocotrienols on stroke prevention.
Unfortunately, in spite of the fact that the scientific community continues to demonstrate the unmatched health benefits of palm oil, this natural product continues to be erroneously identified as being an ‘unhealthy oil’ in some European countries and the US. Rich in beta-carotenes and anti-oxidants, as well as LDL cholesterol (also known as the “good” cholesterol) Pramod Khosla says that an appropriate comparison would be to equate the beneficial properties of palm oil to those of olive oil. He says that like olive oil, raw palm oil comes from a fruit and contains roughly the same amount of beneficial properties.
The broader media should report these facts in view of putting an end to persistent attempts at disinformation and countering the deluge of misconceptions and untruths related to palm oil that still exist. The health of their viewership, and their credibility, are at stake.