As we grow older, forgetfulness seems to happen a little more often. Supporting our brain health is a smart idea. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, shared with Baltimore’s WBAL News viewers that using sustainable Malaysian palm oil provides the brain with many of the important nutrients that it needs to stay healthy.
“We need some oil changes,” Bowden explained. “People have been avoiding saturated fat for years,” he said, adding that this is not a good idea.
Bowden explained that red Malaysian palm oil gets its color from its antioxidant and tocotrienol content.
For years, we’ve been told that we should restrict the amount of saturated fat in our diets if we want to manage our LDL (bad) cholesterol level and reduce our risk of heart disease. But few of us realize that limiting the saturated fat in our diets may also reduce our HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
All-natural and naturally trans-fat free, sustainable Malaysian palm oil has virtually no adverse impact on your cholesterol levels. Another reason for switching to palm oil is because it supplies fatty acids as well as important fat-soluble micronutrients such as carotenoids (including pro-vitamin A), vitamins D, E and K. Fatty acids are raw materials for building the membranes of every cell in your body, including your bones, nerves and brain. The micronutrients keep your body cells healthy and functioning properly.
The health of your brain’s white matter affects how well it learns and functions. This is also the area of the brain most often affected by stroke. Results of a two-year human clinical study published in the American Heart Association journal, Stroke, show that vitamin E tocotrienols derived from Malaysian palm oil may support white matter health by weakening the progression of white matter lesions. This is the first study that provides solid evidence of tocotrienols’ neuroprotective benefits in humans.