Palm oil contains saturated and unsaturated fats. Some types of palm oil contain vitamin E and beta-carotene. These types of palm oil might have antioxidant effects. Refined palm oil is made by bleaching, deodorizing, and neutralizing crude palm oil.
People use palm oil for preventing and treating vitamin A deficiency. It is also used for malaria, heart disease, cancer, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Likely Effective for
- Vitamin A deficiency. Adding red palm oil to the diets of children or during pregnancy in developing countries reduces the chance of having low vitamin A levels. It also seems to help increase vitamin A levels in those who already have low levels.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if palm oil is safe to use as medicine when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Children: Palm oil is commonly consumed in foods. Palm oil is possibly safe when taken by mouth as a medicine. Palm oil has been used daily for up to 6 months in children under 5 years of age and for up to 12 months in children 5 years of age and older.
High cholesterol: Regularly eating meals containing palm oil can increase levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol. This might be a problem for people who already have high cholesterol.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with PALM OIL
Palm oil might slow blood clotting. Taking palm oil along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Be cautious with this combination
As medicine, red palm oil has most often been used by adults in doses of 7-12 grams by mouth daily for up to 6 months. In children, red palm oil has been used in doses of 6-9 grams by mouth daily for up to 6 months. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what dose might be best for a specific condition.
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