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Red Palm Oil to Combat Vitamin A Deficiency

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07 November 2014

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Red Palm Oil to Combat Vitamin A Deficiency

According to the World Health Organisation, An estimated 250 million children under the age of 5 are having vitamin A deficiency, an estimated 250 000 to 500 000 vitamin A-deficient children become blind every year, half of them die within 12 months of losing their sight.

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is the main cause of severe visual impairment and avoidable blindness in children. It reduces their immunity and makes them more susceptible to infections, diseases and even deaths from common childhood diseases like measles and diarrhea.

Pregnant women suffer with VAD, especially during the last trimester of their pregnancy. This is the time when both the mother and the unborn child need the highest dose of nutrition and vitamins.

For more information on the affect of vitamin A deficiency click here .

Childhood is the foundation for the lifelong health. Vitamin A is an important component of this foundation. One of the natural sources of vitamin A is breast milk. Red palm oil to a nursing mother’s diet enriches breast milk with vitamin A and other nutrients important to the growth of the child. A clear increase in Vitamin A levels have been found among children and mothers that have consumed red palm oil either directly or through breast-feeding.

Food sources and supplements of vitamin A are generally expensive and beyond the financial means of many. Unrefined red palm oil is relatively inexpensive and can even be produced locally in many of the VAD affected areas. It can be used in cooking, replacing other oils with essentially no extra cost. Red palm oil also helps by improving the body’s ability to absorb other fat-soluble nutrients and minerals such as vitamins D, calcium and magnesium. It is an efficient and cost effective way of increasing Vitamin A levels in the VAD affected regions.

Governments of countries like Indonesia, Burkina Faso, China, India, Peru, Tanzania and Nigeria have all successfully used palm oil to combat vitamin A deficiency. VAD is not restricted to just poor countries, many people in the developed world are also affected due to the consumption of junk foods, fast foods and packaged convenience foods. Even a subclinical deficiency can cause serious health problems affecting the immune system of the body. Adding red palm oil into your diet is a simple way of getting the vitamin A you need.

Reference:

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

 

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