Elaeis oleifera Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
American oil palm

Elaeis oleifera is a species of palm commonly called the American oil palm.It is native to South and Central America from Honduras to northern Brazil. Unlike its relative Elaeis guineensis, the African oil palm, it is rarely planted commercially to produce palm oil, but hybrids between the two species are, mainly in efforts to provide disease resistance and to increase the proportion of unsaturated fatty acids in the oil.

Elaeis oleifera

Medical use

Economic importance of Elaeis oleifera

Human food oil/fat
Gene sources potential gene source for African oil palm

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Geografical distribution

  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Western South America: Colombia ; Ecuador; Peru

Biological activities

5-Alpha-Reductase-Inhibitor
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Allergenic
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Alpha-Reductase-Inhibitor
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Anemiagenic
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Antialopecic
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Antiandrogenic
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Antifibrinolytic
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Antileukotriene-D4
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Antioxidant
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Choleretic
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Dermatitigenic
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
FLavor
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Hemolytic
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Hypercholesterolemic
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Insectifuge
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Irritant
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Lubricant
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Nematicide
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Percutaneostimulant
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Perfumery
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Pesticide
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Propecic
Oleic-acid found in Fruit (237500 ppm);found in Seed (60000 ppm)
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)
Soap
Palmitic-acid found in Fruit (163000 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Arachidic-acid Fruit 1,450 2,500
Fat Fruit 290,000 500,000
Seed 290,000 450,000
Hexadecenoic-acid Fruit 2,610 4,500
Linolenic-acid Fruit 2,320 4,000
Oleic-acid Fruit 137,750 237,500
Seed 34,800 60,000
Palmitic-acid Fruit 94,540 163,000
Sfa Fruit 140,000 241,500
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]