Palm oil is carcinogenic.

Minyak sawit memicu penyakit kanker.

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Cancer is among the most feared diseases because of the high number of fatalities in a year. Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of particular cells that mutate and attack normal body cells. There are various Factors that may cause cancer, such as radiation, viruses, chemical substances and others. The most updated theory on the cause of cell mutation is the presence of free radicals in the human body.

To treat and to hamper the growth of cancerous cells, free radicals have to be eradicated. Various research projects conducted at home and abroad (Sylvester et al., 1986; Chong, 1987; Sundram et al., 1989; Komiyama et al., 1989; Muhilaldkk, 1991; Iwasaki and Murokoshi, 1992; Goh et al., 1994; Guthrie et al., 1993, 1995) have substantiated that the consumption of palm oil is beneficial for suppressing the growth of cancerous cells, lowering and controling the growth (weight and volume) of tumors and preventing many other degenerative diseases.

Such effectiveness is attributed to the antioxidant properties, such as carotene (vitamin A), tocopherol and tocotrietol (vitamin E), contained in palm oil. As a footnote, palm oil is more effective compared to soybean oil in the prevention of degenerative diseases because the antioxidant content of palm oil, especially tocotrienol, is twice the amount found in soybean oil (Cho, et al., 2009).

Kanker termasuk salah satu penyakit yang paling ditakuti karena mampu menghilangkan nyawa manusia setiap tahunnya. Kanker merupakan penyakit akibat pertumbuhan sel tertentu yang liar/ganas, berubah fungsi (mutasi) dan menyerang sel-sel normal dalam tubuh. Penyebabnya bermacam-macam seperti radiasi, virus, bahan kimia dan lain-lain. Teori paling mutakhir penyebab mutasi sel adalah adanya radikal bebas di dalam tubuh.

Untuk mengatasi dan menghambat sel kanker, radikal bebas harus dimusnahkan. Berbagai hasil penelitian di dalam maupun di luar negeri (Sylvester et al., 1986; Chong, 1987; Sundram et al., 1989; Komiyama et al., 1989; Muhilal dkk, 1991; Iwasaki and Murokoshi, 1992; Goh et al., 1994; Guthrie et al., 1993, 1995) telah membuktikan bahwa konsumsi minyak sawit bermanfaat dalam menekan perkembangan sel kanker, menurunkan dan megendalikan pertumbuhan (berat dan volume) tumor dan mencegah berbagai penyakit degeneratif lainnya.

Kemampuan yang demikian berhubungan dengan kandungan zat antioksidan seperti karoten (Vitamin A), tokoferol dan tokotrienol (Vitamin E) dari minyak sawit. Sebagai catatan minyak sawit lebih baik dibandingkan dengan minyak kedelai dalam pencegahan penyakit degeneratif karena kandungan antioksidan khususnya tokotrienol minyak sawit dua kali lebih banyak dibanding minyak kedelai (Cho, et al., 2009).

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