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Fighting Against Cancer with Palm Oil

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24 October 2014

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Fighting Against Cancer with Palm Oil

Cancer is the fifth leading cause of death worldwide. In countries like United States, Canada, Australia and Europe it is second only to heart disease as the most common cause of death. Governments are spending billions of dollars in the fight against cancer, yet the number of cases continues to increase.

No matter where you live and how old you are, cancerous cells form in our bodies all the time. If not protected by our immune system, which puts up a continuous battle against these deadly cells we would be suffering with cancer. A healthy and well-nourished body is essential to have a strong immune system, making it less susceptible to developing cancer.

For generations, red palm oil is been considered as both a nutritious food and valued medicine. Red palm oil is the richest source of polynutrients; it owes the majority of its antioxidant power to two very powerful cancer-fighting nutrients – tocotrienols and gamma- carotene, making it a very important cancer fighting food. Antioxidant enzymes and nutrients in our bodies block or stop the oxidizing reactions that create cancer cells. The right types of foods is essential for your body to have the protection it needs, palm oil is one of these cancer protective foods. Red palm oil, with its high saturated and monounsaturated fat content is very stable chemically, which helps block free-radical generation and preserve the body’s antioxidant defenses.

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Addition of palm oil into the diet can reduce cancer risk and can help to prolong lifespan. It doesn’t matter if the primary fat in the diet is any other oil, when palm oil is added or replaces this other oil, incidences of cancer declines. Daily use of palm oil can help in preventing cancer or it can also be used to treat active cancer. The high nutrient content of red palm oil reduces the side effects often accompanied with a cancer treatment. Use of red palm oil with the cancer treatment can reduce excessive hair loss, nausea and other side effects commonly associated with radiation and chemotherapy. The antioxidant nutrients in the oil protect against these harmful effects and assist the treatment in boosting the immune system for the fight against cancer.

References:

Fife B. (2007) The palm Oil Miracle. Colorado Springs, USA : Piccadilly Books

 

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Palm Oil Is Everywhere

Palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) originates from West Africa. Once planted, after 3-4 years’ palm oil trees start to producing its first fruits and will continue all year-round for up to 30 years. Oil Palm is high yielding; it produces more oil per hectare than any other major oil seed crop.

Did you know that half of your items in your house contain palm oil?
Palm oil is also the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet

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Why Farm Organically?

With a growing population, nearly 10 billion people by 2050, and an increasing demand for food, agriculture is placed under extreme pressure. We heavily rely on services that the industry provides to us, such as food, clothes, wood, and many others. Unfortunately, with biodiversity losses and deforestation practices that accompany modern agriculture, these services are currently at risk. Therefore, we must take actions to sustain biodiversity, soils and forests for the generations to come

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An Important Role of Intercropping in Modern Agriculture

Population of our planet is constantly growing. The threat of insufficient food supply in the near future encourages intensification of the search for more productive agricultural technics. At Natural Habitats, we believe that well-planned intercropping is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to increase agricultural productivity.

Intercropping, as well as other forms of multiple cropping, is an ancient method of intensive agriculture that involves cultivation of two or more crops simultaneously on the same field

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Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

Deforestation caused by many palm-oil producers, harming wildlife habitats, has been a widespread concern around the world. However, more and more palm oil is now being sourced sustainably with a help of the certification initiative promoted by a non-profit association Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Natural Habitats as 100% organic and sustainable producer was certified with RSPO standard in 2013.

In May 2013, Natural Habitats in Ecuador (Exportsustent) together with Solidaridad and National Association of Oil Palm Growers (ANCUPA) developed a pioneering project Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

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An Ongoing Education of Farmers

Natural Habitats believes in doing business in harmony with the environment. This is the reason for us to continuously encourage smallholder farmers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone into getting involved in organic and sustainable production of palm oil.

On a regular basis, we educate and train our smallholder farmers in nature preservation and organic farming practices for not only their own good but for the betterment of the society

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Fair Trade Explained

Today, we are surrounded by numerous certifications on the products we buy at supermarkets. It is getting more and more confusing to figure out what exactly most of them stand for. Some labels are self-explanatory and some are not. Fair for Life Social and FairTrade certification belongs to the second category. Therefore, most of the consumers do not even realize that while they purchase Fair for Life or FairTrade certified products they contribute to the empowerment of poor around the world

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Why Healthy Palm Oil is not an Oxymoron

When people hear about palm oil the first thing that usually comes to their mind is heart disease. The logic is pretty simple: fifty per cent of the oil consists of saturated fat that supposed to be bad for the heart, therefore, palm oil causes heart disease. However, numerous studies continue to confirm that palm oil does not promote heart problems and, if anything, it protects against them

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Sustaining Food Security

Pressure on the world’s food supply is constantly increasing due to population growth, changing diets and government policies promoting biofuels. Current estimates suggest that by 2050 the food demand will be twice what it was in 2005. Biotech companies have strongly promoted the idea that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the key to “feeding the world”. According to Environmental Working Group , recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat

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