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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‘Super vitamin E’s’ brain health benefits detailed in new study

Palm oil tocotrienol, touted as ‘super vitamin E’, could provide benefits for people with neurodegenerative and neuro-inflammatory diseases, a study has concluded.

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Rising Health Awareness Among People to Propel the Global Market for Mixed Tocopherol – Press Release

Albany, NY — (SBWIRE) — 05/09/2017 — Tocopherol has the capacity to protect and fight many diseases such as restless leg syndrome, neurogenic problems, Huntington’s chorea, oral cancer, lung cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. This is the reason why the awareness about the health benefits of tocopherol among people is spreading in many emerging nations. Tocopherol or vitamin E, obtained from nuts, spinach, tomatoes, and almonds is used for various reasons. The application of mixed tocopherol is increasing in the pharmaceutical industries, which is a key factor expected to propel the global mixed tocopherol market. A large number of pharma companies are using tocopherol to manufacture medicines that can cure various health issues.

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Vitamin E tocotrienols may improve metabolitic profiles in older women

Dietary supplements containing vitamin E tocotrienols derived from annatto may lower inflammation and oxidative stress in older women with osteoporosis, says a new study.

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Vitamin E in Multivitamins

Considering that upwards of 60% of Americans have insufficient vitamin E levels, its inclusion in multivitamins is important for helping meet the recommended dietary intake of this vital nutrient. The main role of vitamin E in the body is to contribute to antioxidant defenses that help counteract the oxidative stress produced by biological processes. In addition, there are some early indications that vitamin E’s antioxidant qualities can also help reduce the risk of chronic health disorders such as cardiovascular complications, cognitive decline, and diabetes.

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Vitamin E is special but not wrinkle proof

Many people ask whether vitamin E will help prevent facial wrinkles in men and women. Actually there are no product recommendations for using vitamin E to prevent wrinkles caused by aging in adult men and women. However vitamin E is necessary and essential for human nutrition. It is a naturally occurring product belonging to the fat soluble vitamin group.

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The Critical Role of Vitamin E in Children’s Health

In 2010, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved a new health claim that vitamin E protects DNA (the genetic code that makes you, you!), proteins (that play a crucial role in all body processes) and fats (which play many important roles in the body) from damage in the general population and in infants and children up to three years of age [1][2]. Interestingly, dietary surveys in Brazil, Germany, Russia and the United States indicate that vitamin E intakes of many toddlers do not reach the recommended levels [3]. In a different study, vitamin E was also identified as one of the vitamins that tends to be low in children in a range of European countries [4]. What’s more, children aren’t the only ones to be low in vitamin E as this is a concern for the general population [5] and it can be assumed that vitamin E intake is insufficient in pregnant and lactating women as well.

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Asia Pacific Market to Outpace Others in Mixed Tocopherol Consumption

Mixed tocopherol, a potential source of vitamin E, is a vital part of human diet and offers significant health benefits. The increasing health consciousness across demographics, especially among geriatric population, coupled with the rising awareness related to health benefits of pharmaceutical supplements, has strongly stimulated the demand for mixed tocopherols for the general well-being.

In the recent few years, the market has witnessed significant demand for mixed tocopherol formulations to treat a wide range of diseases such as restless leg syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s chorea, and neurogenic problems. Several renowned health journals, such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, have reiterated on the numerous benefits of alpha tocopherol supplements, notably in the reduction of bone fractures. These developments herald for a positive growth of the market in the coming years.

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The truth about superfoods and antioxidants

What can be pretty annoying are things which are extravagantly marketed despite the fact that they cannot possibly match depicted expectations. One such item is a fad called “clean eating” – this irritates me because the term implies that if we do not embrace the foods faddists suggest, then somehow we would be eating dirty rubbish instead.

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