A nutritionist at the Wuse General Hospital in Abuja, Hajiya Jummai Abdul, said on Tuesday that regular consumption of palm oil could be effective in preventing stroke, heart attack and other diseases.
Abdul told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that palm oil also aids circulation of blood and controls sugar level.
According to her, palm oil contains essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidant and phytonutrients that are essential for good health.
Phytonutrients are nutrients derived from plant materials that are necessary for sustaining human life.
She said that palm oil was also beneficial in pregnancy, as it helped in improving Vitamin A status for mother and child.
Abdul said that palm oil could be used for the treatment and prevention of malnutrition, as it contained natural antibacterial which fight infection.
“The antibacterial in the oil is also good for hair and scalp and it prevents spots or pimples as well as dry scalp,” she said.
Abdul noted that using palm oil on the skin helped to maintain, moisturise and clear the skin from dead cells.
She explained that palm oil could be used to treat a cut or blister on the skin, saying that “the oil will kill the germs in the area”.
The nutritionist said that antioxidants in palm oil could also boost the immune system against diseases like cancer and also slow down the ageing process.
She advised Nigerians to cultivate the habit of using palm oil to enhance healthy living.