As the summer and its high temperatures continue, many of us feel groggy, lazy or just plain tired. Live at 9 news ran a segment for its Memphis viewers discussing ways that we can boost our energy to help us enjoy the beautiful weather. Hosts invited registered dietitian and Living Skinny in Fat Genes author Dr. Felicia Stoler to the show for advice. Stoler focused on the importance of a balanced diet, and discussed how certain fats, such as Malaysian palm oil, are healthier than others.
“[An important thing is] getting good foods … in our bodies, so some things like getting good fats and fatty acids in our body. People are often afraid of eating fats.” Stoler then listed a few of her favorite healthy fats: “A lot of people like to have avocado. I’m a huge huge fan of nut butters and nuts in general … almond butter [and] peanut butter.”
Her favorite fat, Malaysian red palm fruit oil, is one of the healthier oils. “I love [palm oil] because, first of all, it’s great for barbequing because it has a high smoke point,” Stoler explained. “It’s nature’s richest source of vitamin E and a particular kind called tocotrienols, which are neuroprotective. And you can see by the color … it’s very orange. It’s loaded with beta carotene.”
While many health benefits are associated with beta carotene, Stoler discussed the potential neurological impact of a tocotrienol-rich diet. “It protects the brain in case of if you have a stroke. It actually helps reduce damage that can be done … None of us know when we’re going to have one and we always hope not to, but in order for those tocotrienols to really be highly effective, what research has shown, is [they need] to be in your system.”
A two-year human clinical study published in the American Heart Association journal, Stroke, showed that vitamin E tocotrienols derived from Malaysian palm oil support white matter health by weakening the progression of white matter lesions.
This human study is exciting because it is the first that provides solid evidence of tocotrienols’ neuroprotective benefits in humans. It complements previous research in cell cultures and animal models funded by the National Institutes of Health that has shown that alpha tocotrienols may lessen stroke damage, and may help to accelerate recovery of functional loss.
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.