Health and fitness expert JJ Virgin dropped two surprising tidbits on a KCAL-TV Los Angeles audience about Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil, a healthy oil that’s great for your heart. She said it acts like olive oil and is rich in vitamins. What do these facts mean for your health?

Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil is nutritionally similar to olive oil. It’s somewhat unique because it contains the highest number of polyunsaturated fatty acids of all the saturated fats, e.g. about five times more than coconut oil or butter fat. Basically it behaves more like a healthier monounsaturated fat (the type of fat found in olive oil) than a saturated fat.

While they offer comparable nutrition, these two oils differ when it comes to cooking. Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil withstands a higher heat without losing healthful properties.

Speaking of retaining nutrients, Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil is rich in a natural form of vitamin E called alpha tocotrienol which research suggests may help protect neurons in the brain from damage or death.

When the brain is attacked by a stroke, cardiovascular disease or trauma, dangerously toxic substances can build up around the nerve cells. These substances can damage those cells or cause them to degenerate and die. Preliminary research has shown that when there is a sufficient level of alpha tocotrienol in the neurons, this neurological damage may be significantly less. And since tocotrienols are potent antioxidants, they may also help protect the brain from other free radical damage.

JJ adds that the Vitamins E and A in Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil may also help reduce inflammation. Including Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil to your diet livens up your cooking now and may protect your brain in the future.

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