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。
降低高膽固醇血症 – 高膽固醇水平
肥胖 – 幫助減肥
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。
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。
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:
Safflower Oil has following healing properties:
- Metabolic stimulant
- Mild laxative
- Wound healing enhancer
Safflower Oil is helpful in following health conditions:
- Hypercholesterolemia – High cholesterol levels
- Obesity – for losing weight
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Hair fall (high-oleic oil)
- Acne (high-linoleic oil)
- 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. (9, 10)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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. (16, 17)
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.
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.
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:
A runny nose
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.
Safflower oil should not be used in the following health conditions:
Surgery – 2 weeks before or after surgery