Positive testimonial using Red Palm oil (topically) and LLLT
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April 19, 2012, 10:02 AM
I stumbled into Red Palm oil when a lady at my church gave me a small bottle of some thick orange oil (my hair loss was that obvious). The bottle was unmarked except for a small handwritten note taped on it that said “Manteca de Ola” or in English, “Butter of Ola.” I had no clue what that stuff was. She told me she had almost lost all her hair some time back and applying the oil to her scalp had made it grow back really thick. She said her husband, who is native to Panama, brought it for her from there and that the native women use it on their scalp and they get thick long hair.
She told me to put it on my scalp before bed and leave it in all night then wash it out in the morning.
The problem began when I started to run out of the oil and the lady had no more. I had to try to get some more from that small apothecary shop in rural Panama, where her husband got it, because I didn’t know what it was. Looking online for “butter of Ola” produced nothing.
For those who are wondering if there is any research behind this, I discovered that the Red Palm oil is rich in a form of vitamin E called Tocotrienols and that it has been shown to help with hair loss. Several companies sell pure Tocotrienols in powder or caps for ingestion such as “Toco-Sorb” and “Toco-8,” all which are derived from Red Palm oil, but I haven’t seen any topical products although there seems to be some research underway concerning that.
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April 21, 2012, 09:56 PM
What a great first post!
Have also looked into the oral formulations you mention, and while Toco 8 gets better reviews, it’s only available from one source at the moment, and they charge $33 shipping to Aus, so I might pull the trigger on Tocosorb soon.
Maybe Nid can tell us why Toco 8 is not really distributed anymore?
It seems that if you wanted to replace these products with raw red palm oil, you would have to consume about 80ml daily, which makes it uneconomical.
There is also a similar product called tocovid (expensive), and they have done a study in Malaysia with quite good results, although only 28 participants 8 placebos).