Palm Oil Developments No.60 (June 2014) p14-19

Palm-Derived Tocotrienols and Inflammatory Diseases

Zaida Zainal*

Diet plays a major role in the prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including obesity, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases (CVD), hypertension and stroke, and some types of cancer. Extensive scientific investigation has been carried out on diets to discover the possible functional properties and in particular, the role of antioxidants in preventing degenerative diseases. One such antioxidant is vitamin E, which made up of two classes of compounds: Tocopherols (Toc) and tocotrienols (T3)(Figure 1). Palm oil is the richest source of natural tocotrienols (Palm-T3), an antioxidant that is several times more powerful than the tocopherols. This fat-soluble vitamin is in fact an essential nutrient for the body. There are four types of tocotrienols present in palm oil: namely α-, β- , γ- and δ-tocotrienol. Each individual tocotrienol has unique beneficial properties of its own. The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) has produced individual tocotrienols from palm oil in high purity via green and environmental friendly processes (Han et al., 2004).

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* Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB),
6 Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.