Healthy Minor Constituents from Palm Oil

Healthy Minor Constituents From Palm Oil

Vitamin E
  • Palm oil is a rich source of vitamin E
  • Crude palm oil contains 600-1000 mg/kg vitamin E, present as tocopherols (30%) & tocotrienols(70%)
  • Palm oil tocotrienolsare powerful antioxidants
  • Tocotrienolsare 40-60 times more potent antioxidant than α-tocopherol
Carotenoids
  • Carotenoids are the precursors for vitamin A
  • β-carotene has the highest provitamin A activity
  • Red Palm Oil contains 500-700 mg/kg carotenoids
  • α-and β-carotene are the major carotenoids in Red Palm Oil (90% of total carotenoids)
  • Red Palm Oil recommended to combat vitamin A deficiency
  • Carotene from palm oil is used as natural food colourant which enhances food presentation & adds nutritional value to the products
Phenolics
  • Like all fruits, the oil palm fruit is a rich source of water-soluble phenolic compounds
  • Phenolics are recovered from the water discharged from the palm oil milling process
  • The recovered product (Oil Palm Phenolics) contains phenolic compounds including caffeoylshikimicacid (CFA), p-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA), protocatechuic acid (PCA) and hydroxytyrosol
Health benefits
  • Tocotrienols: Antioxidant, neuroprotective, cardioprotective& potential anti-inflammation&anti-cancer properties
  • Carotenoids: Antioxidant, anti-inflammation & support vision health
  • Oil Palm Phenolics: Neuroprotective, anti-inflammation& cardioprotective
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