Properties of Safflower Oil
The safflower plant is an annual close to the thistle that grows to roughly 5ft tall in ariddry climates. Each head has about 20-50 seeds that are cultivated for a number of usesbut mainly for the oil that they contain. Safflower oil is comprised of 78.71% oleic fatty acids4.85% palmitic fatty acids12.44% linoleic fatty acids2.40% 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 supplementbut it 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 contractionsbalance blood pressureand help the immune system. Other oils that contain omega-6 fatty acids: macadamia oilflaxseed oil and emu oil.
Safflower oilwhen rubbed into the roots of your hairhas been shown to improve the hair quality and also giving the hair a lustrous sheen. It