There is also evidence that palm oil has additional health benefits. It's high in tocotrienols, a type of vitamin E with antioxidant properties. Several studies have shown that tocotrienols can slow the progression of dementia and reduce the risk of stroke.
Lipids in our skin can be damaged or oxidized by exposure to ozone, which can trigger the formation of free radicals in our skin. We found that palm oil can fight free radicals, but it can also prevent free radical formation.
The oxidation of lipids that cause free radicals has been shown to be a major cause of many skin conditions, including cancer. Dr. Betty Kamen notes that tocotrienols are 40 to 60 times more effective than regular tocopherols in preventing lipid oxidation.
Research has also shown that palm oil can be very useful for treating people who are deficient in vitamin A, especially those with cystic fibrosis, which can affect the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
Palm oil is found in many products that it is almost impossible to avoid. The good news is there is no need to do it as the part of a balanced diet.