Holistic pharmacist excited to share her perspectives on palm oil bioactives

This week, Holistic Pharmacist Sherry Torkos will address an international gathering of researchers and medical practitioners during Palm Oil Nutrition Week 2013. The event, sponsored by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, is being held in Malaysia. Torkos arrived in Malaysia a few days ago, accompanied by three other influential opinion leaders who also will be making presentations during this nutrition conference on dietary palm oil.

During her presentation, titled A Pharmacists Perspective: The Expanding Use and Interest In Dietary Supplements For Health and Disease Prevention, Torkos will talk about the dramatic rise in acceptance of nutritional and dietary supplements by pharmacists. She will also explain how pharmacists and physicians rely on the evidence: well-conducted studies that demonstrate the safety and efficacy of natural ingredients including palm carotenoids.

A frequent media guest, Torkos plans to tell the audience: “Educating consumers and other healthcare professionals about tocotrienols has been a focus of mine for the last few years. As I dug into this research with my co-author Martha Gulati for our book, Saving Women’s Hearts, it’s clear that the research on Malaysian palm fruit bioactives is just starting to take off with research commitments, and the education of healthcare professionals and the public.”

Palm carotenoids are naturally occurring, fat soluble compounds that possess high antioxidant potential. They are well known for their pro-vitamin A activity, and are involved with various biological mechanisms in the body. Red palm oil, in particular, is specially processed to retain its carotene and tocotrienol content. It has sparked the imagination of many nutritionists and culinary experts.

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The latest scientific buzz for palm carotenes involves cancer studies, skin health, antioxidant benefits, cell-to-cell signaling, and immune enhancement.

Palm Oil Nutrition Week aspires to highlight the positive role of palm oil bioactives – including tocotrienols, carotenoids and phenolics – that are now found in many food items. This conference is providing researchers, healthcare professionals and consumers with the latest scientific evidence on the health advantages of dietary palm oil.

Sherry Torkos is a holistic pharmacist, author, and lecturer. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992. Sherry has authored seventeen books and booklets including, The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Saving Women’s Hearts, The Glycemic Index Made Simple, and Breaking the Age Barrier. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows where she discusses a variety of medical and natural health topics.




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