Safflower is one of the oldest crops which is known to mankind and the oil produced from its seeds are of two varieties. One that contains linoleic acid and is used for cooking, and the other that contains oleic acid and can be used for a variety of other purposes. The oil extracted from the seeds of this plant are an extremely healthy medium for cooking and is much lower in saturates than other vegetable oils, including the olive oil. People who have a blood-clotting problem or are allergic should be cautious in using this oil.
The Health Benefits Of Safflower Oil Are-
This oil contains good amounts of linoleic acid which are the omega 6 fats, required by the body to manage functions of the heart and other organs. It helps in protecting the body from atherosclerosis, a problem of hardening of the arteries which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
The compounds in safflower oil can thin the blood and promote the smooth flow of blood by widening the arteries and thus stimulating healthy heart functions.
This oil acts as a laxative and helps in easing the trouble of constipation by aiding in the smooth expulsion of waste out of the body.
This oil can be used for inducing perspiration in the body which helps in eliminating waste and toxins from the body through the sweat.
The problem of cold, cough and other respiratory infections can be controlled using this oil. Breathing troubles, chest pain can be eased by this oil and it acts as an expectorant by thinning the phlegm and helping in its smooth discharge from the body.
Safflower oil has a healthy balance of fat content which helps in maintaining good levels of cholesterol in the body and controls the rising of the bad cholesterol, hence keeping the cardiovascular functions of the body healthy.
With this oil controlling cholesterol, blood sugar levels in the body, it is beneficial in maintaining optimum weight in the body and controls the problem of obesity. The omega 6 fats in this oil are known to burn the excess fat in the body.
The antioxidants and omega 6 fats in safflower oil help in controlling the blood sugar levels in the body. Its regular use is known to control the onset of the problem of diabetes.
The omega 6 fats supplied by the safflower oil to the body help in better functioning of the prostaglandins that are the hormones which contribute to maintaining balance in the body. In addition, the antioxidants in this oil protect the body from the onset of various diseases.
This oil can reduce inflammation in the body, it relieves all kinds of body pain from injury and health problems. Even cold and cough conditions can be eased with the ingestion of this oil.
Regular usage of this oil can promote muscle growth in the body. It does not allow the fat of the body to be stored and converts them to muscles.
The linoleic acid in safflower oil helps in easing the symptoms of menstruation like cramps and mood swings. It regulates the prostaglandins that control the menstrual cycle, promotes blood flow, and eliminates clots, and eases the PMS symptoms.
Massaging the safflower oil topically on the inflamed joints, helps in reducing pain, swelling caused by the problem of arthritis. It helps in controlling all kinds of joint and muscle pains, and pains due to injuries in the body.
The linoleic acid in this oil help in improving the blood circulation in the skin to boost the complexion and skin texture. The vitamins in this oil are nourishing for the skin, unclog the blocked pores, clear the skin of pimples, blemishes, and marks.
The oleic acid in safflower is extremely beneficial for the hair and can strengthen the hair follicles and control hair fall. It can be massaged over the scalp to get a thick, shiny mane and can ease scalp problems of itching and rashes. It increase the circulation in the scalp and also benefits the hair if ingested in food.