Properties of Safflower Oil
The safflower plant is an annual close to the thistle that grows to roughly 5ft tall in arid, dry climates. Each head has about 20-50 seeds that are cultivated for a number of uses, but mainly for the oil that they contain. Safflower oil is comprised of 78.71% oleic fatty acids, 4.85% palmitic fatty acids, 12.44% linoleic fatty acids, 2.40% stearic fatty acids and .08% linoleic fatty acids. Safflower oil has the highest concentration of linoleic acid that is available on the commercial market.
Uses of Safflower Oil
Safflower Oil has a number of uses both in personal and commercial applications.
Safflower Oil is also used in the industrial sector as a drying oil that is used in the manufacturing of paints and stains and linoleum tile.
The meal that is left over after the oil has been pressed is used in livestock feed; specifically for cows.
Safflower oil can be used in cooking both for deep frying and for salad dressing and marinades. Safflower oil can be used as a nutritional supplement, but it’s most common use is for cooking.
Safflower oil can also be taken as a health supplement. Studies have shown that taking a daily dosage of the oil has reduced inflammation, lowered bad cholesterol, reduced body fat, and promote muscle growth.
The oil can be used to promote healthy hair and nail growth my massaging it into the scalp and nail bed. It is also used in massage oils and lotions as it is low in comodegenic action and doesn’t clog pores.
Many people have shown that there are significant benefits to using safflower oil for health benefits. Safflower oil contains a high amount of Vitamin E. It is great for cooking as the nutritional value is not lost even when heated to a high temperature-such as deep frying.
Safflower oil is high in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fats making it a great choice to keep your heart healthy. It also contains Omega-6 fatty acids which help the body burn fat. These fatty acids also build prostaglandins which help control muscle contractions, balance blood pressure, and help the immune system. Other oils that contain omega-6 fatty acids: macadamia oil, flaxseed oil and emu oil.
Safflower oil, when rubbed into the roots of your hair, has been shown to improve the hair quality and also giving the hair a lustrous sheen. It’s also been shown that it can moisturize skin giving it a healthy glow.
The oil is also added to a number of bath and body products as it helps smooth and moisturize skin. When applied directly to the skin, it can also reduce the visibility of lines and wrinkles, reduce inflammation and redness. Safflower Oil also does not contain any cholesterol which makes it part of a healthy
There are also a number of other benefits of using safflower oil including dietary needs and overall well-being. One cup of safflower oil has 74.3 milligrams of Vitamin E which is essential to your diet. While you wouldn’t take it in that quantity, it shows that safflower oil can be used as part of a balanced diet and to promote well-being.