Are you feeling sluggish, less alert or just a little “off”? There’s a good chance that your diet is a contributing factor. Beyond the Heart, a segment on Sirius Radio’s Doctor Radio, recently featured an interview between host Dr. Nieca Goldberg and registered dietitian Dr. Felicia Stoler. The former host of TLC’s Honey, We’re Killing the Kids, Stoler explained that the right foods may promote brain health and brain power, and encouraged this Sirius Radio audience to cook with Malaysian red palm oil.
Palm oil contains a form of vitamin E known as tocotrienols. “Those have neuroprotective properties, as well,” Stoler said. “When you think about that as far as brain health, that’s another one of those foods that we should be having.”
Researchers have been discovering that palm oil antioxidants (vitamin A beta carotene and vitamin E tocotrienols) may have positive effects on organs throughout the body;, and they are very intrigued by these nutrients’ potential for supporting brain health. One study revealed that tocotrienols may offer protection from stroke damage similar to aspirin. Tocotrienols may also help areas affected by stroke to heal faster by promoting quicker revascularization.
Recently, a two-year double-blind human clinical study was published in Stroke, an American Heart Association journal. This study tracked the development of white matter lesions in populations without prior history of neurological problems. One group took 200 mgs of tocotrienols while the other took a placebo. MRIs demonstrated that the placebo group experienced increased white matter lesions. The group that took tocotrienols, however, had virtually no increase in white matter lesions.
“It’s about eating foods closer to the way they’re found in nature [and] not eating as much processed foods,” Stoler concluded.
To harvest its non-GMO palm oil, Malaysian plantations adhere to strict environmentally responsible standards. Many food manufacturers include palm oil in their products as it’s an excellent way to replace trans fats. Those products include Nutella, Smart Balance and Luna Bars.
Felicia Stoler is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.