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Vitamin E-Rich Palm Oil Boosts Good Cholesterol, Lowers Risk Of Heart Disease

June 24, 2011: 11:53 AM EST
Scientists in Malaysia have found that a six-month regimen of daily supplementation with tocotrienol-rich palm oil raised blood levels of HDL cholesterol among older adults just three months into the program. The vitamin E supplement improved the ratio of HDL cholesterol to total cholesterol by as much as 14 percent compared to five percent in a placebo group. These findings indicate that vitamin E-rich palm oil could help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, because increases in HDL cholesterol have been linked to a 22.5 percent reduction  in  cardiovascular events.
S.F. Chin, et al. , "Tocotrienol Rich Fraction Supplementation Improved Lipid Profile and Oxidative Status in Healthy Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Study", Nutrition & Metabolism , June 24, 2011, © Chin, et al.
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