Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil

What is Sunflower Oil?

Sunflower oil is non-volatile oil produced from the seeds of the sunflower plant. The plant is native to America and was used for decades in the extraction of cooking oil most commonly although also used in cosmetic industry products due to its emollient properties.

Properties

The major component of the oil is linoleic acid, although it includes other acids like oleic acid and palmitic acid. In addition to these, it contains lecithin, carotenoids, tocopherols and reasonable quantities of vitamin A, D, and E.

Precautions

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid the use of this oil.
  • People with diabetes should avoid taking this oil as it increases the levels of blood sugar levels in your body.
  • Sunflower oil can cause an allergy if you are sensitive to composite plant.

Benefits

Cardiovascular Benefits

Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E and has reduced levels of saturated fats. It is also rich in chemical compounds like choline and phenolic acid that are important to your heart’s health.  It also has vitamins and monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids that make it suitable for your consumption as being the healthiest oil. The high levels of oleic acid (80%) make it favorable in lowering chances of you conducting cardiovascular infections and reduced chances of heart attack.

Prevention of Arthritis

Are you worried about rheumatoid arthritis, probably don’t worry anymore? Taking food cooked with sunflower oil will help you a lot. This oil is known to prevent the onset of the disease in your body system.

Prevention of Colon cancer and Asthma

The oil is rich in vitamin E in plenty than any other cooking oil available; thus, adding the oil into your meal provides an essential platform for protection against the above infections.

Prevention other forms of cancer

The carotenoids found in this oil aid in the prevention of lung, uterine, and skin cancers. Additionally, it contains excellent contents of vitamin A which prevent the development of cataracts in your eyes.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Other oils have increased levels of saturated fats which are very difficult to break down during digestion and therefore transported to many parts of the body and deposited there as bad cholesterol. Comparing it with sunflower oil; it has vast amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids that are broken down hence increase the level of good cholesterol in your body system consequently protects your body from cardiovascular diseases.

Acts as Anti-oxidant

Sunflower oil contains high levels of vitamin E and tocopherols that are significant agents in reducing the radicals produced in your body by different metabolic processes.

Body repair

The body is made up of proteins; sunflower has high content levels of proteins used in the restoration of the body tissues, production of hormones and enzymes that are essential in your body.

Effects on the Nervous system

The oil contains vitamin B that promotes maintain your nervous system healthy. Also, it supports maintenance of a robust digestive system which is essential for the production of energy i9n your body that drives the process of the nervous system.

Helps Reduce Weight

Adiponectin a chemical compound involved in the fatty acid breakdown. Studies have demonstrated that the oil increases the level of this compound in your body in post-menopause women hence promotes loss of weight.

Reduces Depression and Anxiety

It has magnesium found to work in disorders like depression and anxiety. It regulates the calcium ion flow in the neuronal calcium-gated channels thus helps control the production of your body’s neuronal nitric oxide production associated with anxiety and depression.

Side Effects

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:  for pregnant and breastfeeding women, there is not enough information on the safety of this oil. But it's better to stay on the safe side and avoid using it. Also, sunflower oil may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Finally, a diet that contains a vast amount of this oil seems to increase fasting insulin and blood sugar levels.