Advantages of Cooking with Sunflower Oil and Safflower Oil
Sunflower Oil is the beautiful creation of the sunflower plant, resulting from the process where sunflower seeds are pressed to extract sunflower oil. Safflower oil is some-what similar to Sunflower oil in many nutritional characteristics, produced from a similar process out of Safflower seeds.
Both of these oils can be found readily just about everywhere, however only about 60 countries cultivate safflower around the world currently; showing its lack of overall usage especially in the West.
How Do Safflower and Sunflower work?
One of the most beneficial properties of Safflower oil is that it contains linoleic and linolenic acids which have shown promise in their ability to prevent the hardening of the arteries, lower cholesterol, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Safflower and safflower oil also possess chemicals that are capable of: thinning the blood to prevent clots, stimulating the heart, lowering blood pressure and widening blood vessels.
Benefits of Safflower Oil
There are many health benefits derived from safflower oil including:
- Helping to prevent and manage diabetes, as the Omega-6 Fatty Acid helps manage the level of sugar in the body, assisting people who live with diabetes.
- Helping to promote a healthy heart because of the presence of GOOD Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Our body needs linoleic acid (available in Omega-6 Fatty Acids) as it substantially helps the body maintain a proper balance of cholesterol. This balance greatly lowers the chances the body has for developing atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. Safflower shares this unique advantage with Sunflower
- The presence of this type of Omega-6 Fatty Acid promotes a state of fat oxidization, instead of fat storage. It is a simple and useful alteration to anyone’s diet who does a large amount of cooking, since it assists in weight loss without making any major change to the diet.
- Safflower Oil contains Oleic Acid which has direct benefits for the hair and scalp. This vitamin helps increase circulation on the scalp which strengthens follicles and stimulates hair growth. It also has the ability to enable vibrant and shiny hair, explaining its use in many organic cosmetic applications
- The high content of linoleic acid in Safflower Oil makes it ideal for enhancing the appearance and quality of your skin. Linoleic acid can combine with sebum to help unclog pores, reduce blackheads, and acne. Linoleic acid also stimulates the regeneration of new skin cells by clearing scars, and blemishes on the skin surface
Benefits of Sunflower Oil
Sunflower Oil actually shares most of the same health benefits as Safflower Oil, with a few other unique benefits of its own:
- Sunflower has begun to be associated with the prevention of colon cancer, with further studies attempting to investigate if such effects can be replicated with other types of cancers. Sunflower is rich in antioxidants and several substances that act as antioxidants. Sunflower oil contains Vitamin-E, which possesses a compound known as tocopherols. Tocopherols is an antioxidant that is able to eliminate free radicals, before they are able to mutate healthy cells in the body into cancerous ones.
- Sunflower oil has anti-inflammatory ability, far different than most other cooking oils which promote levels of inflammation in your body. Sunflower oil has proven to correlate with a lower amount and severity of asthma attacks in individuals with asthma, as a result of its anti-inflammatory qualities obtained from its vitamin content. It has also been associated with the reduction in the severity of arthritis, another condition caused by general inflammation in the body.
- The antioxidants found in Sunflower oil have the ability to greatly affect the immune system positively, and empower the body to resist attacks from future infections.
- The presence of the beneficial fatty acids in Sunflower oil are related to the energy levels in the body. Unsaturated fats, like the ones found in Sunflower oil, are far better for you than saturated fats, and your body will feel far more energized after switching!
The oil you are using to cook with could be doing your body a lot more harm than you think, so make the switch to cooking with Sunflower or Safflower Oil and begin to reap the benefits today!
For those having issues with blood clotting, it is suggested that you may have to avoid the use of Safflower oil as it is capable of slowing down blood clotting. If you are allergic to ragweed, you may have to avoid it as well because they are of the same family, and can potentially cause an allergic reaction.
One final word of caution regarding the use of Sunflower oil: Although fatty acids are important, the content of Omega- 6 in Sunflower is higher than other vegetable oils.
As a general rule, excess is never good. The balance of your bodies Omega-3 fatty acid to Omega-6 fatty acid ratio can be effected more by Sunflower Oil than others, but it will only be problematic if you are eating very large amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids from other sources as well.
Generally, this is not a problem for anybody.