Palm oil is obtained from the fruit of the oil palm tree.
Palm oil is used for preventing vitamin A deficiency, cancer, brain disease, aging; and treating malaria, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cyanide poisoning. Palm oil is used for weight loss and increasing the body’s metabolism.
As food, palm oil is used for frying.
Industrially, palm oil is used for manufacturing cosmetics, soaps, toothpaste, waxes, lubricants, and ink.
How does it work?
Palm oil contains saturated and unsaturated fats, vitamin E, and beta-carotene. It might have antioxidant effects.
Possibly Effective for:
Possibly Ineffective for:
- Decreasing symptoms of malaria, when added to the diet of young children (less than 5 years old) in developing countries.
- High blood pressure.
- Cyanide poisoning.
- Weight loss agent.
- High cholesterol.
- Brain disease.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & Safety
Palm oil is safe when consumed in amounts found in foods. It seems to be safe when taken as medicine by children or adults for up to 6 months.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Palm oil has been used safely as a medicine during pregnancy for up to 6 months.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
- Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with PALM OIL
Palm oil might increase blood clotting. Taking palm oil along with medications that slow clotting might reduce the effectiveness of these medications.
Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox) heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For preventing vitamin A deficiency: about 3 tablespoons (9 grams) per day of palm oil for adults and children over age 5. About 4 tablespoons (12 grams) per day for pregnant women. For children less than 5 years old, 2 tablespoons (6 grams) per day.