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red palm oil

What’s so special about red palm oil?

Red palm oil (RPO) is the only commercially-available oil that contains substantial amounts of the natural plant pigments called “carotenoids” (about 550 µg/g), as well as vitamin E (600 µg/g) comprising both tocotrienols (65%) and alpha-tocopherol (35%).

Some of the carotenoids in RPO are converted to vitamin A in our body; the the rest of the carotenoids, together with vitamin E (particularly tocotrienols), are reported to play a vital role in advanced nutrition- boosting the immune system, scavenging damaging reactive oxygen species in our body, and are involved in complex mechanisms which have evolved to protect the body from chronic diseases such heart disease and cancers of the breast and skin.

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