Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate. The effectiveness ratings for PALM OIL are as follows:
Likely effective for…
- Preventing or treating a lack of vitamin A (vitamin A deficiency). Research shows that adding red palm oil to the diets of pregnant women and children in developing countries reduces the chance of having too little vitamin A. It also seems to help increase vitamin A levels in those who have too little. Red palm oil seems to be as effective as taking a vitamin A supplement for preventing or treating low levels of vitamin A. Doses of about 8 grams or less per day seem to work best. Higher doses don’t seem to have more benefit.
Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for…
- Malaria. Early research suggests that eating palm oil in the diet does not seem to decrease symptoms of malaria in children under 5 years of age in developing countries.
- Brain disease.
- Cyanide poisoning.
- High blood pressure.
- Weight loss agent.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of palm oil for these uses.
Side Effects Of Palm Oil
- LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in food amounts. But the oil contains a type of fat that can increase cholesterol levels. So people should avoid eating palm oil in excess. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when used as a medicine, short-term. Taking 9-12 grams daily for up to 6 months seems to be safe.
Warnings & Precautions
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: POSSIBLY SAFE when taken as a medicine during the last 3 months of pregnancy. Not enough is known about the use of palm oil as a medicine during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
- Children: POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth as a medicine. Palm oil has been used 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: The oil contains a type of fat that can increase cholesterol levels. Regularly eating meals containing palm oil can increase levels of “bad” low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. This might be a problem for people who already have high cholesterol.
Palm Oil Dosage
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For preventing or treating a lack of vitamin A (vitamin A deficiency): About 7-12 grams of red palm oil daily has been used in some research. Some evidence shows that using 8 grams or less per day is most beneficial.
- For preventing or treating a lack of vitamin A (vitamin A deficiency): Up to 6 grams of red palm oil per day in children 5 years and under, and up to 9 grams per day in children over 5 years of age, has been used for up to 6 months. Also, 14 grams of red oil three times per week for about 9 weeks has been used. Some evidence shows that using 8 grams of red palm oil or less per day is most beneficial.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist.
All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.