Selenium: Important micro-mineral for living beings

Selenium along with vitamin E is important antioxidant which means it protects animal tissues from the oxidative damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS), actively formed during the normal functioning of cells. Production of such ROS depends on activity of the cells; more active the cell, more ROS will be produced. There is a dire need to clear such compounds from the body because they damage tissues. Due to antioxidant properties of vitamin E and selenium, they are important part of cells, which are very busy in metabolic processes like immune cells, which are basically white blood cells. There are two types of immunity. One is specific, which means a specific reaction is started in the body against a specific pathogenic invader. This type of immunity is for only one specific pathogen and does not protect against others. On the other hand, there is a second type of immune system, which is a general defence system. This means it protects all types of invaders. This is quicker and nonspecific and deals with all pathogenic invaders coming to body. It is observed in many studies that selenium deficiency alone or along with vitamin E deficiency impairs both types of immune responses.

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Ten benefits of vitamin E oil

Vitamin E is not a single vitamin, but rather a group of fat-soluble vitamins with antioxidant effects.

Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are electrons that have broken off from an atom. Free radicals have been linked to a wide range of health conditions, from cancer to premature aging.

Vitamin E oil is derived from vitamin E and can be applied directly to the skin, or added to lotions, creams, and gels. Many supporters of vitamin E oil argue that it is a potent antioxidant, but research on its benefits is mixed.

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Premium Malaysian palm oil fulfills the needs of millennial moms

The millennial generation wields immense buying power. According to the United States Census Bureau, this group is now the largest living generation. (Sorry, baby boomers.) Millennials, those born between 1982 and 2000, also have significantly different buying habits than previous generations. When shopping for food, millennial often consider the manufacturer’s social responsibility, nutrition as well as convenience. That’s one reason why products made with Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil can be so appealing to this demographic. This premium oil fulfills their needs on many levels.

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NBC viewers learn to boost their energy naturally with palm oil

Media Buzz: I went on the NBC lifestyle program, San Antonio Living, to talk about natural ways to boost your energy.

One way to boost your energy is by eating good-for-you fats. We need omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in our diet for brain, skin, heart and joint health. Usually we think of fish or olive oil as way to get these essential nutrients. But other sources include nuts, seeds, avocados and Malaysian palm fruit oil.

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As the days grow longer, the sun hotter and the hours spent outside more plentiful, it’s important to know which supplements to take to keep your body functioning in the heat. A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine found that vitamin C and vitamin E supplements can help protect skin against harmful ultraviolet radiation. This means less DNA damage, fewer sunburns and decreased risk of skin cancer. However, to reap the shielding benefits of these vitamins, these supplements must be taken together. Only taking vitamin C can increase immune function, and vitamin E on its own is an antioxidant that takes out potentially damaging free radicals. But if you want to enjoy the anti-ultraviolet effects of these supplements, it’s critical to take them both.

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Menopause: Do vitamins help?

As women start to produce less estrogen and enter perimenopause, they are likely to experience a mix of challenging symptoms. These include hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.

Menstrual periods may get lighter or heavier and less regular, but once a woman has not had a period for 12 months, they are in menopause. Then, the symptoms experienced over the previous years begin to subside.

There is a range of vitamins and supplements available to help women manage the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. We look at them here.

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Stoler encourages Mom Talk listeners to embrace healthy fats

Media Buzz: Listeners of the national program Mom Talk Radio learned how embracing better-for-you fats such as those found in avocados, nuts and Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil can help you spring clean your diet. Author, health and wellness expert, and registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler helped listeners kick off the spring cleaning process with a discussion about healthy fats.

Stoler explained to host Maria Bailey, “Looking at different oils that people can use over the summer, I know a lot of times people like to use olive oil for everything. Olive oil just has monounsaturated fatty acids. We need to have polyunsaturated fatty acids, too and something I’m a huge fan of is sustainable Malaysian palm fruit oil. It’s grown certified sustainable.” Stoler adds, “It’s used in a lot of products to replace trans fats. It’s naturally trans fat- and GMO-free.”

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Dynamic duo of vitamin E and omega-3 reduces cardiovascular injury caused by pollution

Supplementation with vitamin E and omega-3 proved to provide a potent combination against air pollution-induced cardiovascular injuries in rats.

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Sime Darby Bhd continues to innovate, pushing the palm oil agenda to the fore.

Sime Darby Plantation Managing Director Datuk Franki Anthony Dass
stresses that R&D plays a critical role in the future of the palm oil industry. The breakthrough Sime Darby had with Genome Select means the new palms will be able to produce yields of about 11 tonnes oil yield per hectare using the same land. This is in line with the move towards more effective use of land, further reducing the need to expand agricultural land to cultivate more oil palm. The company’s R&D team is also shifting its focus to the downstream business, looking at specialty products and creating palm oil-based super food. “Palm oil-based foods will have various elements of health including anti-obesity and longevity. No other oil can match palm oil in its nutritional value,” he says. Palm oil is a rich source of antioxidants, including vitamin E such as tocotrienols, and carotenoids including beta-carotene and lycopene.

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Renowned researcher studies tocotrienols’ effect on bone health

High dietary intake of vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) was reported to decrease bone mass in rodents by Keio University team in 2012 1. However, this assumption may not be true, based on a new study conducted by researchers — led by the renowned Professor Maret Traber – at Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University. The new study demonstrates that oral administration of high dose of alpha-tocopherol as well as mixed-tocotrienol do not cause any significant negative effects on bone mass, bone microarchitecture, bone formation and bone marrow osteogenic (bone forming) gene expressions.

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