Canadian readers taught that palm oil is among 10 therapeutic foods

The right therapeutic foods not only satisfy your appetite; they may also have benefits for your body and your physical appearance. In an interview with the Toronto Sun’s Joanne Richard, holistic pharmacist Sherry Torkos revealed some surprising information about how the nutrients found in foods such as sustainable Malaysian palm oil may help fight a number of age-related and beauty concerns, ranging from sun damage to brain health.

Torkos, author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, shared that palm fruit oil is rich in anti-aging tocotrienols which may help to protect brain cells from stroke damage and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Palm oil’s carotenoids may help you avoid premature aging by helping to protect your skin from UV damage, from the inside out.

To incorporate palm oil into your diet, you can cook with it, toss pasta in it, or use it in salad dressings. Torkos recommended Malaysian palm fruit oil because it is sustainable and is nature’s richest source of tocotrienols.

In addition to providing health benefits, Malaysian palm oil can be used as a hot oil hair mask to help moisturize your mane. Torkos suggested, “To heal and hydrate dry, frizzy hair, apply palm fruit oil to wet hair, starting at the ends.” Next, cover your hair with a shower cap and heat it with a hair dryer for five to ten minutes. Then shampoo, condition and style your hair as usual.

Malaysian palm oil has been used for more than 5000 years to enhance natural beauty. That’s good to know, especially this time of year when cold temperatures and dry indoor air can cause skin to get flaky and hair to lose its luster. With sustainable Malaysian palm oil, nature has provided us with the solution because it helps to restore your body’s natural oils. This is why Malaysian palm oil is frequently used in anti-aging lotions, foundations, shampoos and soaps.

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