Safflower oil is a very healthy type of oil. It is derived from the seeds of the safflower plant. People can extract this oil in two different ways. The first one, chemical process, proved pretty unhealthy. The thing is that certain chemicals are added to the oil and these chemicals destroy nutritive value of it and at the same time are bad for human health. Other method, mechanical one, is much safer four our health. During the mechanical process, all the important nutrients still remain in the oil. For that very reason, before buying safflower oil, it is advisable to read how it was made.
Safflower oil that was derived in mechanical way is an excellent source of polyunsaturated fats. It is actually the the richest oil when talking about polyunsaturated fats. It is estimated that it has about 79% polyunsaturated fatty acids, of which the most important one is linoleic acid. It is also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (about 13%) of which the most important one is oleic acid. Good thing about safflower oil is that it contains only 8% of saturated fatty acids. Safflower oil is great source of omega-6 fatty acids, cis-linoleic acid, vitamin E and many other nutrients important for our well being.
Due to great number of polyunsaturated fats, safflower oil aids body in producing prostaglandins which later helps strengthening membranes of cells. Actually prostaglandins is helping our whole body to work well. If you want to lose weight safflower oil is a great option. It will clean your body meaning eliminate the remaining fat from it. Cis-linoleic acid from safflower oil converts into gamma linoleic acid which later helps your body in creating so called brown fat. Brown fat will help you lose calories and achieve good looks. Therefore you should consider using safflower oil regularly. Safflower oil is good in lowering bad LDL cholesterol in bodies. Thus this great oil is helping us in prevention of heart diseases. Safflower oil, being rich in vitamins, minerals and other helpful things, showed as a great immunity booster. It will help us combating bacteria and viruses. If one suffers from diabetes they should use this oil. It will help in losing weight and will also lower down blood sugar level. This beneficial oil is great for women as it eases discomforts of PMS. It also helps in regulating menstrual cycles. Women can use it instead of hormonal pills. Rich in vitamin E safflower oil is good for skin. It can be used as moisturizer. It proved beneficial on acne and can even fade scarring. People who died hair a lot and who generally have dry hair can massage this oil into their scalp. Not only will it improve the quality of hair it will help in growing new hair too.
Safflower oil can be used in many ways. The most common usages are for cooking and as salad dressing.