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Known as the single largest natural source of tocotrienol, which is part of the Vitamin E family. Palm oil is widely used in health and commercial cooking and is one of the most popular oils in cold and hot process soap making because it produces a big, fluffy lather. As a massive supplier of bulk palm oil to the food industry, we have some of the best prices in the USA. We currently have the capacity to supply orders of any size, including full truckloads, rail cars and tank trucks.
Although naturally red in color, our palm oil is refined which makes it white in appearance. Palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm. It has an extremely high beta-carotine content (which is why it is red before refinement and not the traditional yellow color of other oils). Traditionally, it is known as cooking oil, but it is also used in the production of soap and various other bath and body products.
History of Palm Oil
The story of Palm Oil’s use dates back over 5,000 years where it was found in an early tomb at Abydos (one of Upper Egypt’s most ancient burial sites). The large amount discovered in the tomb suggests that it was probably intended for use as food. While ancient Egyptians remain somewhat enigmatic, we do know that they believed in an afterlife in which they were able to bring with them, material possessions from this life. Obviously palm oil was considered a valuable commodity, perhaps even necessary for good health, to ancient Egyptian royalty.
During the British Industrial Revolution it was used for candle making and as a lubricant for machinery. Forward thinking William Lever (of Lever Brothers, later called Unilever), saw the potential for palm oil’s use in soap making and set up mills in the Congo. After World War II, improved refining processes and more efficient means of transportation triggered the large-scale production and export trading of palm oil for use in soap making and cooking.
This purified product is an excellent addition to a healthy home menu (or commercial) cooking needs. Palm oil is very heat stable, which means that it is great for high temperature cooking, like sautéing or frying. It is also very slow to oxidize and resists rancidity, which gives it a long shelf life without getting that “stale” taste.
In the late 1980’s, the American media suggested that the saturated fat in palm oil (and other naturally derived oils) would raise blood cholesterol levels and therefore was unhealthy. This assumption was not founded on research and was proven incorrect by subsequent studies that found subjects who consumed palm oil, as their primary form of fat intake, had significantly lower levels of “bad” cholesterol and higher levels of “good” cholesterol.
Palm oil, when used as carrier oil, makes a hard and stable soap that produces a rich, creamy lather – great for a cleansing or facial bar. Being rich in Vitamin E, try incorporating palm oil into your favorite lotion recipes. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that will prevent collagen damage, fine lines and wrinkles, and cellular damage. This is one of the most powerful antioxidants that the body cannot produce on it’s own. Adding palm oil adds excellent scent retention and is acceptable with all religions. Combine with coconut oil and your favorite essential oil to create a skincare solution that’s in tune with your own energy.
Research on Palm Oil
While already used for millennia, modern science is starting to take a good hard look at palm oil and it’s effects on the human body. One of the most widely prescribed medications in the United States today is the statin class of drugs. Statins attempt at reducing the same hepatic enzyme, responsible for cholesterol synthesis, that the tocotrienol in palm oil has been shown to reduce. Tocotrienols have also been shown to suppress growth of human breast cancer cells.
Our minds can benefit from palm oil’s natural source of tocotrienal as well. The Journal of the American College of Nutritionwrites, “Recent work supports palm oil–derived aTCT as a potent natural neuroprotective agent in the AA cascade of neurodegeneration with the ability to uniquely target both nonenzymatic and enzymatic mechanisms of brain injury.” Simply put, our bodies do not create arachidonic acid (AA) or docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on their own and only can obtain them through diet. Tocotrienols have been proven to help stop brain cell death after a stroke.
Western diets have been practically devoid of this form of natural Vitamin E. Incidences of obesity and heart disease are on the rise, and so are pharmaceutical companies manmade artificial solutions and willingness to profit from it. Attempts are being made at synthetically producing alpha-tocopherol with limited success. Palm oil naturally contains all four (4) forms of tocotrienols.
Palm Oil’s Benefits and Uses
Palm oil has been shown to reduce the body’s production of LDL or “bad” cholesterol, reverse arterial blockage, decrease the amount of cholesterol plaque in arteries, inhibit platelet aggregation and protect the mind from stroke-induced injuries. Palm oil’s tocotrienols have shown to inhibit breast cancer cells, while tocopherol has shown no effect (keep in mind – palm oil has been nearly completely lacking in western diets). Doctors and researchers from East Tennessee University found that one of the forms of tocotrienol (gamma) found in palm oil was potent in inhibiting prostate cancer cells.
As a natural skin care product, tocotrienols (vitamin E found in palm oil) help neutralize free radicals in the skin generated by ultraviolet rays, thus protect against UV related damage and skin aging.
-Pregnant women can rub into their skin.
-Inhale aroma for mood/mental issues.
-As an ingredient in the soap making process, mix in during the melting process for hard soaps.
-As a moisturizer, rub directly into dry areas or mix small amounts into your current daily moisturizer.
As always, it is important to consult with your doctor before ingesting anything new. Make sure you don’t have any allergies to the product and that you are using natural and pure ingredients. Pregnant women should also consult with a physician before using.
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Posted by L. Ortiz on 1st Dec 2015
Palm oil is great, worked very well in my mango butter soap. Great price as well
Posted by Jennifer Harris on 16th Nov 2015
This is by far the best palm oil I have found on the internet. The 50lb block is a great deal and perfect for what I am using it for. (CP soap and cooking!) Will definitely purchase again!
Posted by Tammy on 27th Oct 2015
Great product, price and service.
Posted by Unknown on 5th Oct 2015
From what I can tell it is going to make some great soap. The biggest thing I am blown away by from this company is the shipping. I ordered some products from another soap making website ( I am not going to name names) but the prices were almost the same with this website. The shipping on the other hand was more then double from the competitors and almost took twice the time. I think I found where I am going to get my bulk oils from now on. Great job guys keep it up.
Posted by Unknown on 19th Sep 2015
Excellent product Soap turned out perfect
Posted by Unknown on 19th Sep 2015
Excellent product Soap turned out perfect for Etsy shop NCTreasuresandGems
Posted by Darla Mosher on 18th Sep 2015
If you are looking for the best palm oil, look no further, Bulk Apothecary only delivers the very Best!!! makes the smoothest cp soap, you will love the quality and will not be disappointed, very fast shipping, Thank you Bulk!
Posted by Unknown on 18th Sep 2015
Posted by Unknown on 11th Sep 2015
always a good buy from this location
Posted by Jennifer on 20th Aug 2015
Great price! My only problem is the container. Since palm oil needs to be melted completely, it is difficult in the larger containers. Other than, that one issue, this is a great price and quick shipping.
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