The number of people who deal with weight issues has increased in the last few years, and so have the interest and need for remedies, methods, and foods to help us keep a healthy weight. With so many supplements and methods out there, it might get a bit difficult to find the right one for your overweight issues.
We’ve picked one out of the many ingredients associated with weight loss to explore and know better in today’s post. Safflower oil has become very popular and has been used for centuries as a remedy for various health issues and to meet one’s nutritional needs. Are the health benefits of safflower oil worth the risk of experiencing side effects? Let’s find out together.
Made from the extract of safflower plant seeds, the safflower oil is widely used as a health supplement thanks to its properties. Both the plant and the oil have been used to boost one’s overall well-being as well as skin and hair health.
Related to the sunflower, the safflower plant looks very much like a thistle and develops yellow/orange petals. When these petals drop, the seeds are exposed. Once removed, the seeds can be used just as they are or can be treated. The petals can be used as a substitute for saffron in cooking since it has almost the same flavor and color as saffron.
What are the properties that make safflower oil stand out? In comparison with olive oil, safflower oil contains more vitamin E and is richer in essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega 6 than many other oils. Just like vegetable oils, safflower oil is tasteless, can be used at high temperatures and has heart-healthy properties. Plus, this type of oil does not lose its nutritional properties and value even when used at high temperatures and it does not contain cholesterol.
Even if additional research is needed before knowing precisely how the oil improves one’s health, several studies have linked safflower oil with several health benefits. The use of safflower is said to alleviate symptoms of several diseases including arteriosclerosis, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease.
The use of safflower oil is frequently associated with weight loss thanks to its Omega-6 fatty acids which help the body burn fat and prevent it from storing it. Moreover, the high amount of vitamin E it contains makes the oil good for people with heart conditions since this vitamin helps the body eliminate free radicals which can lower the risk of certain cancers and heart diseases. Safflower oil can also reduce respiratory problems, boost immunity and help blood circulation.
Besides being used internally, safflower oil can be used externally to promote hair, skin and nail health. It is added to many bodies and bath products since it is a good skin moisturizer and smoother and a nail growth promoter. You can also rub it into the roots of your hair in order to boost the hair quality and shine. It is beneficial in reducing eczema, redness, and inflammation.
As it happens with many other supplements, side effects can occur when using safflower oil. Although they are rare, they do exist and include the following:
Safflower oil should not be used if you are pregnant as it can determine uterine contractions and labor. You should also be careful if you have diabetes. Although the use of safflower oil can be beneficial to patients with type 2 diabetes as the study by researchers at the Department of Human Nutrition at Ohio State University showed, safflower can affect and interfere with blood stability and diabetes management.
Since the use of supplements can worsen certain health conditions or trigger unwanted side effects, it is best to see your doctor first and get his green light to use various supplements than to embark upon a self-prescribed and self-administered supplement treatment.
If you want to use safflower oil to lose weight, make sure this is part of a more complex plan. Add it to a healthy diet and regular exercises. Revisit your current lifestyle, make the necessary changes regarding the food you have, the sports activities you go for and results won’t fail to appear. Keep in mind that what works for some people may prove useless in the case of others. Then ask yourself whether losing weight is worth the risk of experiencing unpleasant side effects.
Your weight is important in order not to cause health conditions but be rational about it. Don’t exaggerate and don’t expose yourself to all sorts of risks by going for weight loss supplements on your own and without your health care provider’s approval and supervision.