A new study has shown that the tocotrienols found in palm oil lower ldl cholesterol. They do this by inhibiting cholesterol production in the liver, thus lowering the total blood cholesterol. The exact pathway is by suppressing the activity of one of the important enzymes, hepatic HMG-CoA reductase, which results in lower LDL cholesterol levels.
You may also know tocotrienol as a form of Vitamin E, which also consists of tocopherol. Tocotrienols are also found in certain vegetable oils, wheat germ, barley, saw palmetto, and certain types of nuts and grains. They differ from tocopherols in that they have 3 unsaturations in the long chain, similar to poly-unsaturated oils. In this case, palm oil is derived from the oil palm, Elaeis guineensis, pictured above.
Even better than just lowering your LDL cholesterol is that by taking only 240 mg of these tocotrienols in palm oil a day (this is a very small amount) for 18 to 36 months, you can also reverse the amount of cholesterol plaque in your arteries. Further benifits of this amazing oil includeit being a natural antioxidant 40 to 60 times more potent than alpha-tocopherol, another form of Vitamin E.
Further benefits of tocotrienols:
- possibly lower blood pressure (shown to work in rats so far)
- suppress human breast cancer cells (delta-tocotrienol is the most effective form). Thus is it anti cancer and tumor suppressive. Gamma-tocotrienol is 3x more potent in inhibiting growth of cultured human breast cancer cells than Tamoxifen.
Can you imagine the possiblities of this!? A drug free alternative to tamoxifen, something that causes horrendous side effects; a drug free alternative to statins; and a drug free alternative to blood pressure lowering medications. Fantastic.
This has caught the attention of a further UCLA research team in the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. They are now calling for volunteers (who will be paid a small stipend as well as given a 3 month supply of palm oil and be tested regularly for cholesterol) to conduct a 3 month study on palm oil and cholesterol levels. If you live in the Los Angeles Basin, you can call them at (310) 825-8274. It is for protocaol IRB#11-000665. The study is to be conducted this year though next Feb. I hope to see more positive results here.
Excerpt from original article
Alpha tocotrienol suppresses hepatic HMG-CoA reductase activity that results in the lowering of LDL cholesterol levels. Tocotrienols which are naturally occurring in palm oil have been shown to suppress lower plasma cholesterol in humans. Original article in New Straits Times
Clearly, not only do the tocotrienols found in palm oil lower ldl cholesterol, they appear to be potent anti-oxidants with many other benefits as well. The more we find natural alternatives to medications, the better off we’ll be.