You have probably heard about the health benefits of coconut oil, but have you heard of red palm oil yet? Not to be confused with palm kernel oil, which is derived from the seed or the kernel, red palm oil is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis). It’s referred to as “red palm oil” because of the rich dark red color it has when it’s in its natural, unprocessed form.
You don’t need much to experience health benefits from red palm oil. All you need is about 1-2 tablespoons daily for most benefits.
Red palm oil has been shown to protect against heart disease. It can remove plaque build-up in arteries and, therefore, reverse the process of plaque and prevent blockages.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded studies that show that alpha tocotrienol, the natural form of vitamin E found in high levels in red palm oil, protects your brain’s nerve cells. This protection can help reduce the effects of a stroke by 50%.
Rich in antioxidants and full of anti-inflammatory properties, red palm oil has been shown in studies to protect against various other health issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, cataracts, dementia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver disease, macular degeneration and osteoporosis.
Consuming red palm oil can naturally protect your skin against harmful UV rays, which can slow down the premature aging processes.
Modern oils and fats such as vegetable oils and margarine don’t break down readily for as energy, and they’re eventually stored as fat. On the other hand, red palm oil ignites your metabolism by going straight to your liver. A faster metabolism means that you’ll burn calories faster, helping you shed extra weight.
Your local health food store may carry various brands of red palm oil to help you reap these health benefits. This month, Healthy Planet has New Roots Red Palm Oil on sale for just $13.99 – that’s 13% off the regular price!
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Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering and founder of Green Moms Media, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family’s life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who’s willing to listen. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.