New Research Surrounding Oil Palm Trunk Fiber to Be Presented at FASEB Conference

Alex Schauss Ph.D. to Discuss Role of Oil Palm Trunk Fiber as a Potential Functional Food

SAN DIEGO, March 31, 2005 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- New research surrounding oil palm trunk fiber will be presented as part of a panel presentation entitled "Dietary Fiber, Fruits, Vegetables and Grains I" at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) conference on Monday, April 4, 2005 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 7B. Alex Schauss Ph.D., will spearhead discussion surrounding the role of oil palm trunk fiber as a potential functional food and highlight the fiber's numerous health benefits, including its ability to promote glucose metabolism in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Gene Spiller Ph.D., a world-renowned fiber expert, will be moderating this panel which covers the wide-ranging role fiber plays in health and wellness. Other panel members include James Anderson MD, Peter Ellis Ph.D., Karen Lapsley Ph.D., Monica Spiller M.S. and John W. Finley Ph.D.

"Oil palm trunk fiber is a relatively new ingredient that is showing strong promise in its ability to promote glucose metabolism and manage healthy cholesterol levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes," stated Schauss. "Given the growing epidemic of diabetes, considerable resources should be spent determining the safety and efficacy of oil palm trunk fiber in managing symptoms associated with this disease."

Oil palm trunk fiber is extracted from the oil palm, a tree indigenous to West Africa. Oil palm trunk fiber, oats, barley, beans, fruit, psyllium and some vegetables contain significant amounts of both water-soluble and water-insoluble fiber, and are the most desirable sources of soluble fiber. Currently, the National Cancer Institute recommends individuals consume 20 to 30 grams of dietary fiber per day.

Oil palm trunk fiber is superior to other forms of fiber not only because of its ratio of soluble and insoluble fiber, but its ability to survive colonic fermentation, increase fecal bulk and maintain its capacity to retain water. Additionally, it has unique antioxidant properties due to its unusually high in-vitro oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) value. Oil palm trunk fiber helps in managing and lowering risk of diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, obesity and constipation and diarrhea. The properties of this fiber may make it a valuable addition to foods and dietary supplements.

Alexander G. Schauss Ph.D., is director of natural and medicinal products research for the American Institute for Biosocial and Medical Research, Inc. in Tacoma, Washington, where he has been the lead scientist for 25 years. A former Professor of Natural Products Research and Associate Professor of Research at two academic institutions, he is currently adjunct research professor of botanical medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He has served on several NIH advisory councils, been a reviewer of botanical monographs for the US Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) and the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database maintained through an interagency partnership with the Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library, NIH Office of Dietary Supplements and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Schauss has studied nutrition and botanical medicine for over 30 years. He has been the author/co-author of more than a 100 scientific papers in a diverse range of journals, and recently completed his twelfth book, on the subject of intra-abdominal obesity in males. Schauss earned his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and California Coast University in Santa Ana, respectively.

SUKHE International, based out of Selangor Daru Ehsan, Malaysia is funding the ongoing research surrounding oil palm trunk fiber. The company develops and supplies dietary supplements and ingredients derived from oil palm trees, including oil palm trunk fiber. SUKHE International uses a patented process for extracting the trunk fiber, which allows the company to produce oil palm trunk fiber of the highest quality and purity.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is a coalition of independent Member Societies that serve the interests of biomedical and life scientists, particularly those related to public policy issues. FASEB facilitates coalition activities among Member Societies and disseminates information on biological research through scientific conferences and publications. The mission of FASEB is to enhance the ability of biomedical and life scientists to improve, through their research, the health, well-being and productivity of all people. For more information visit

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