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“血管清道夫”————紅花籽油

紅花籽油富含亞油酸、天然VE、黃酮、植物甾醇等,具有軟化血管、促進血液微循環、調節血脂之功效,因此被譽為「血管清道夫」

紅花籽油有益於心臟,血管,頭髮,皮膚,肌肉和免疫系統。 它降低膽固醇水平,預防中風,動脈硬化,凝血障礙和心臟疾病。 它有助於控制高血糖,減輕體重,緩解經前期綜合徵的症狀。 它也增加免疫力,所以它減少了感染的頻率。 在呼吸系統疾病中,它散發痰,作為祛痰藥,所以它有助於清除肺部和舒緩呼吸 

紅花籽油是從紅花的種子中提取的。種子是白色的,含有大量蛋白質和脂肪。 從紅花種子中提取的油是無色無味的。 其營養價值與葵花籽油相當。 有兩種食用油,一種含有單不飽和脂肪酸(油酸),另一種含有多不飽和脂肪酸(高亞油酸)。 它含有比橄欖油少的飽和脂肪酸。 所以,它是一個更好的替代品,以較低的價格合理的植物油。

紅花籽油含有大量的維生素E,比橄欖油多,但少於向日葵油。 它含有大量的ω-6脂肪酸,所以它是對心臟健康有益的油。 像橄欖油一樣,它的效能很高,這意味著它會增加體內的熱量,所以它最適合在冬季使用,對寒冷地區的人有益。 它可以提高新陳代謝率,增加肌肉質量,並幫助減肥。

紅花籽油在歐美自然療法系統中是重要藥食,具有以下治療功效:
抗動脈粥樣硬化、降血脂、保護心臟、抗心肌缺血、抗血栓、調節免疫力、抗氧化劑、抗糖尿病、降血糖、抗肥胖、代謝興奮劑、輕度瀉藥、傷口癒合促進劑

因此,紅花籽油有助於下列健康狀況:
降低高膽固醇血症 – 高膽固醇水平
動脈粥樣硬化
糖尿病
肥胖 – 幫助減肥
經前期綜合徵(PMS)
脫髮(高油酸)
痤瘡(高亞油酸)
皮膚疤痕(高亞油酸)

紅花籽油的好處和醫藥用途

紅花油是一種有益心臟健康的油,主要有兩種品種 – 高油酸紅花籽油和高亞油酸紅花籽油。兩者都有益於心臟和降低膽固醇水平。其中的ω-6有助於改善認知。高亞油酸紅花油對皮膚有益,可用於痤瘡和皮膚疤痕。

降低高膽固醇血症(高膽固醇水平)

紅花油的兩個品種(高油酸和高亞油酸)能降低膽固醇水平。兩者都是低飽和脂肪,都含有亞油酸(最短鏈omega-6脂肪酸)。但是,含有較高的多不飽和油量。亞油酸(LA)降低低密度脂蛋白膽固醇(壞膽固醇),保護血管和心臟。

動脈粥樣硬化

紅花油通過降低總血清膽固醇和低密度脂蛋白膽固醇也降低了動脈粥樣硬化的風險。多不飽和脂肪酸(PUFA)也通過減少炎症和促炎症條件來預防動脈粥樣硬化。

在氧化LDL膽固醇,感染和其他一些因素的作用下,炎症發生在血管中。油是PUFA的豐富來源,最終通過兩種機制來預防動脈粥樣硬化 – 降低LDL膽固醇和減輕炎症。

中風和心臟病發作

在高膽固醇血症和動脈粥樣硬化下討論類似的機制,也可預防中風和心臟病發作。此外,它還具有抗缺血和抗血栓性質,這也有助於防止血管中的缺血和血栓形成。

糖尿病

根據俄亥俄州立大學的研究,紅花油降低HbA1c。可能改善血糖代謝,但效果不明顯。對空腹血糖,餐後血糖和胰島素敏感性沒有顯著影響。 紅花油降低空腹血糖水平或增加胰島素敏感性的說法不合適,沒有太大的意義,由於缺乏有力的證據尚不能接受。

減肥

在“糖尿病”討論的同一研究表明每日攝入8克紅花油可減少腹部脂肪。該研究與共軛亞油酸(CLA)相比較。也注意到紅花籽油沒有顯著降低總重量。共軛亞油酸更好地減少總重量。然而,紅花籽油顯著降低了軀幹肥胖(腹部脂肪),而CLA則顯著增加了軀幹肥胖。還觀察到紅花籽油增加總體瘦體重,而CLA減少整體瘦體重。總之,目前的證據並不建議紅花油作為脂肪燃燒器。但是,它可以幫助轉移腹部脂肪,而不是燃燒體內的全部脂肪。

抗炎

紅花籽油具有抗炎特性,這可能歸因於其維生素E含量。

然而,與ω-3脂肪酸相關的ω-6脂肪酸的過度消耗會增加體內炎症的風險。紅花籽油含有ω-6脂肪酸,所以如果與富含ω-3脂肪酸的油混合,可以達到最好的效果。在烹飪的情況下,與橄欖油混合可能是最好的。或者,也可以結合核桃,奇亞籽和亞麻籽中的ω-3脂肪酸。

粉刺痤瘡

痤瘡患者皮膚表面脂質中的亞油酸濃度降低。它使皮脂粘稠,可以堵塞皮膚毛孔,長成粉刺。亞油酸通過結合皮脂幫助疏通毛孔。

高亞油酸紅花籽油可以幫助治療痤瘡。紅花籽油是亞油酸的豐富來源,有助於減少皮膚下的皮脂積累,從而減少粉刺,粉刺,白頭粉刺和黑頭粉刺。此外,它還可以作為傷口癒合促進劑,防止感染。它還促進皮膚細胞的再生,這有助於使皮膚更清晰,並防止形成痤瘡疤痕。

瘙癢(皮膚瘙癢)

冷壓高亞油酸紅花籽油的局部應用有助於減少因皮膚感染,皮膚乾燥,皮疹等各種潛在原因引起的劇烈瘙癢感。應每天5至6次施用於患病皮膚從皮膚發癢得到緩解。其應用應持續3至5天。

傷口癒合

冷壓高亞油酸紅花籽油促進傷口癒合。對於不癒合傷口的情況非常有用。其常規應用增加了傷口癒合率,並保護傷口免受感染。

便秘

據ayurveda系統統計,紅花籽油有助於治療便秘。可能的機制包括其對大腸的潤滑作用和溫和的瀉藥作用。

經前綜合症(PMS)

冷壓高亞油酸紅花籽油由於其高亞油酸,有助於調節人體內的前列腺素。因此,它減少了突然的荷爾蒙波動。最終,它減少了經前綜合徵的症狀。

一天應該食用多少紅花油?
世界衛生組織建議從ω-6脂肪酸中提取5-8%的能量。 據此,一個成年人每天可服用6至10公克高亞油酸紅花籽油。

 

食用紅花油禁忌
作為食物或膳食補充劑的一部分,紅花籽油對於每個人來說都是安全的。

紅花油副作用
它具有血液稀釋作用,因此可以減緩血液凝結。

紅花油過敏
如果你對豚草和菊科植物過敏,那麼你也可能對紅花及其油過敏。 紅花籽油過敏的常見症狀是:

打噴嚏、流鼻涕、鼻塞、眼睛刺激、竇性頭痛、鼻後滴注、皮疹、麻疹、呼吸困難

懷孕和哺乳

紅花油對孕婦來說可能是不安全的,紅花油不建議在懷孕期間使用,因為它可能引起宮縮和勞動力。在開始任何治療之前,務必向醫生諮詢潛在的益處和風險。 紅花油對哺乳母親的安全性不詳。

禁忌

紅花油不應在以下健康狀況下使用:
出血性疾病、胃潰瘍、潰瘍性結腸炎、凝血障礙
手術 – 術前或術後2週

 

Safflower Oil is good for the heart, blood vessels, hair, skin, muscles and immune system. It lowers cholesterol levels, prevents, stroke, atherosclerosis, clotting disorders and heart diseases. It helps to manage hyperglycemia, reduces weight and gives relief from symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. It also increases immunity, so it reduces the frequency of infections. In respiratory diseases, it loosens phlegm and acts as an expectorant, so it helps to clear the lungs and eases breathing.

 

Safflower Oil is extracted from the Safflower seeds (seeds of Carthamus Tinctorius). The seeds are white and contain a high amount of proteins and good fat. The oil extracted from safflower seeds is colorless and flavorless. Its nutritional value is comparable to sunflower oil. There are two types of edible oil one contains monounsaturated fatty acid (oleic acid) and second contains polyunsaturated fatty acids (high linoleic). It contains less saturated fatty acids than olive oil. So, it is a better replacement for less healthy vegetable oils with affordable price.

Safflower seed oil contains a significant amount of Vitamin E that is more than olive oil, but less than sunflower oil. It contains a good amount of Omega 6 fatty acid, so it is heart-healthy oil. Like olive oil, it is hot in potency, which means it increases heat in the body, so it is best suitable during winters and beneficial for people living in cold places. It improves metabolic rate, increases lean muscle mass, and supports fat loss.

Safflower Oil has following healing properties:

Medicinal Properties

Safflower Oil has following healing properties:

  • Anti-atherogenic
  • Antihyperlipidemic
  • Cardioprotective
  • Anti-ischemic
  • Anti-thrombotic
  • Immunomodulatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-Diabetic
  • Antihyperglycemic
  • Anti-obesity
  • Metabolic stimulant
  • Mild laxative
  • Wound healing enhancer

Safflower Oil is helpful in following health conditions:

  1. Hypercholesterolemia – High cholesterol levels
  2. Atherosclerosis
  3. Diabetes
  4. Obesity – for losing weight
  5. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  6. Hair fall (high-oleic oil)
  7. Acne (high-linoleic oil)
  8. Blemishes (high-linoleic oil)

Safflower Oil Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Safflower Oil is a heart-healthy oil and available in two varieties – high-oleic safflower oil and high-linoleic safflower oil. Both are good for the heart and lowering cholesterol level. The omega-6 in them helps to improve cognition. High linoleic safflower oil is beneficial in skin conditions and useful in acne and blemishes.

Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol levels)

Both varieties (high-oleic and high-linoleic) of safflower oil reduces cholesterol level. Both are low in saturated fat and both contain linoleic acid (shortest-chained omega-6 fatty acid). However, polyunsaturated oil contains its higher amount. Linoleic Acid (LA) lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and protects blood vessels and heart. (910)

Atherosclerosis

Safflower oil also lowers the risk of atherosclerosis by reducing total serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) also prevent atherosclerosis by reducing inflammation and pro-inflammatory conditions. (11)

Inflammation occurs in blood vessels in response to oxidized LDL cholesterol, infections, and several other factors. Oil is a rich source of PUFA, which ultimately helps to prevent atherosclerosis by two mechanisms – lowering LDL cholesterol and reducing inflammation.

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Stroke & Heart Attack

With similar mechanisms discussed under hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis, it also prevents strokes and heart attacks. In addition, it also possesses anti-ischemic and anti-thrombotic properties, which also helps to prevent ischemia and formation of thrombus in the blood vessels.

Diabetes

According to study from Ohio State University, Safflower oil lowers HbA1c. It might improve blood glucose metabolism, but the effects were not significant. There were no significant effect observed on fasting blood glucose, postprandial blood glucose, and insulin sensitivity. (12)

The claims made for Safflower oil that it lowers fasting blood sugar level or increases insulin sensitivity are not appropriate, not much significant, and not yet acceptable due to lack of strong evidence.

Obesity – Weight Loss

The same study discussed under ‘diabetes’ suggests the daily intake of 8 grams safflower oil reduces abdominal fat. The study was in comparison to Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). It was also noted that safflower seed oil did not significantly reduce overall weight. CLA was better to reduce overall weight. However, the trunk adiposity (abdominal fat) was significantly reduced with safflower oil whereas trunk adiposity was significantly increased with CLA. It was also observed that safflower seed oil increased overall lean mass whereas CLA reduced overall lean mass. (12)

However, the participants were postmenopausal women suffering from diabetes type-2. The effects of safflower oil in men and young women were not observed in this study.

According to the another study conducted on CLA taking Safflower Oil as a control, there were no significant effects observed on weight of fat mass with 3 to 6 grams daily consumption of Safflower Oil for a period of 4 weeks to 6 months. (13)

If we take omega-6 in consideration, then omega-6 fatty acids are not likely to promote weight loss. Therefore, Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil are still better options for losing weight.

In conclusion, the current evidences don’t suggest safflower oil as a fat burner. However, it can help to shift the abdominal fat away instead of burning overall fat in the body.

Anti-inflammatory

Safflower oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which might be attributed to its Vitamin E content. (1415)

However, the over-consumption of omega-6 fatty acids in relation to omega-3 fatty acids can increase risk of inflammation in the body. Safflower oil contains omega-6 fatty acids, so the best results can be achievable if it is mixed with oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids. In case of cooking, mixing it with olive oil is likely to be best. Alternatively, one can also consume walnut, chia seeds, and flaxseeds for omega-3 fatty acids.

Acne

Patients with acne have a decreased concentration of linoleic acid in the skin surface lipids. It makes the sebum sticky and thick that can clog the skin pores and grow into acne. The linoleic acid helps to unclog the pores by combining with sebum. (1617)

The high linoleic Safflower oil can help to treat acne. Safflower oil is a rich source of linoleic acid that helps to reduce sebum accumulation under the skin and thus, reduces acne, pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. In addition, it also acts as wound healing enhancer and prevents infections. It also promotes regeneration of the skin cells, which helps to make skin clearer and prevents the formation of acne scars.

Pruritus (Itchy Skin)

The local application of cold-pressed high-linoleic safflower oil helps to reduce intense itching sensation that occurs due to various underlying causes including skin infections, dry skin, rashes, etc. It should be applied to the affected skin 5 to 6 times a day to get relief from itchy skin. Its application should be continued for 3 to 5 days.

Wound healing

The cold-pressed high-linoleic safflower oil promotes wound healing. It is highly useful in cases of old non-healing wounds. Its regular application enhances the wound healing rate and protects the wound from infections.

Constipation

According to ayurveda, safflower seed oil helps to treat constipation. The possible mechanism includes its lubricating effect on the large intestine and mild laxative action.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

The cold-pressed high-linoleic safflower oil is helpful for regulating prostaglandins in the body due to its high linoleic acid. Therefore, it reduces sudden hormonal fluctuations. Ultimately, it reduces the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

How much Safflower Oil should I take a day?

The World Health Organization recommends 5-8% energy from omega-6 fatty acid. According to this, an adult can take 6 to 10 grams high-linoleic safflower seed oil daily.

 

Safflower seed oil is likely safe for everyone as a part of food or dietary supplement when taken in an appropriate amount.

 

Safflower Oil Side Effects

It has blood thinning effects, so it can slow blood clotting.

 

Safflower Oil Allergy

If you are allergic to ragweed and plants in Asteraceae family, then you are also likely to be allergic to safflower and its oil. The common symptoms of safflower seed oil allergy are:

 

Sneezing

A runny nose

Nasal congestion

eye irritation

Sinus headaches

Post-nasal drip

Skin rashes

Hives

Difficulty breathing

Pregnancy & Lactation

Safflower oil is possibly safe for pregnant women when taken as a food in an appropriate amount that can be easily digested.

 

The safety profile of Safflower oil for lactating mothers is unknown.

 

Contraindications

Safflower oil should not be used in the following health conditions:

 

hemorrhagic diseases

Peptic ulcers

Ulcerative colitis

Clotting disorders

Surgery – 2 weeks before or after surgery