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Do you know about sunflower oil and it’s benefits?

Overview, uses, importance, types of sunflower.

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Overview

Sunflower oil is the non-volatile oil pressed from the seeds of the sunflower (Helianthus annuus). This seed oil is commonly used in food as a frying oil, and in cosmetic formulations as an emollient.Sunflower  seed oil is pressed from the seeds of the sunflower. In foods, its used as a cooking oil. It is also used as medicine.

This oil is most commonly used for high cholesterol and preventing heart disease.

 

Production of sunflower seed oil.

Sunflower oil in the Silpo store in Kyiv, Ukraine. August 2021.

In 2018, world production of this oil was 18 million  tonnes , led by Ukraine and Russia as the leading producers accounting together for 53% of the world total.

In 2022, there is a global shortage of this oil due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine which has led to over 50% drop in the availability of sunflower oil. Due to the shortages many brands are reforming their recipes by switching to rapeseed oil to allow the production of their products to continue.

 

Nutritional values and benefit of sunflower oil.

1.Improves heart health.

High cholesterol content in the body means that one is more likely to develop atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and increased chances of heart attack or a stroke. It  is a good choice for keeping a healthy heart.

2. Improves Skin Health

Sunflower seed oil has remarkable impact on skin. In a study it has been demonstrated that it preserves stratum corneum integrity, does not cause erythema, and improves hydration. Not only for adults, it is also of great importance for neonates as well. Research also suggests that it is a better alternative than olive oil for dry skin. It is full of vitamins E, A, D, C which keeps the skin supple and works as an excellent face moisturizer with its antioxidant activity. This oil helps the skin cells to regenerate and prevent acne.Dirty pillowcase is one of the major reason for your acne

3. Prevents Arthritis

Sunflower seed oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory capacity. Its major lipid is linoleic acid, which possibly decreases inflammation in the skin by activating peroxisome proliferative-activated receptor-alpha (PPAR-α).

4. Prevents Asthma

Vitamin E reduces and prevents oxygen damage to the tissue and is useful for the treatment of pain, inflammation and allergic reactions. A number of studies suggest that vitamin E reduces bronchoconstriction associated with asthma. It shows lower prevalence of wheezing, cough and shortness of breath compared to those with lower intakes. So, sunflower oil which is a rich source of Vitamin E can be a good option to prevent asthma.

5. Prevents Cancer

This oil is also rich in vitamin A and carotenoids. The antioxidant content helps to fight the free radicals that cause degeneration of cells and inhibits the growth of cancerous cells. Moreover, the selenium present in sunflower seeds repairs cellular damage. So, the incorporation of the oil in the diet can play a major role in reducing colon cancer, and uterine cancer as well.

 

7. Improves Hair Health

Higher amounts of tocopherol are available in this  oil. The study shows that the intake of natural vitamin E may help against collagen cross-linking & thus hair health. It can treat problems of baldness & hair loss.

8. Improves Digestion

Sunflower seed oil contains high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). PUFA are found to increase digestibility thus, healthy digestion.

9. Helps Aid Weight Loss.

10. Reduces Depression & Anxiety.

Types of Sunflower Oil

According to Natural Sunflower Association, there are four types of seed  that are available. They have been categorized according to the linoleic acid content, which can be used as needed.

  • High-linoleic
  • Mid-oleic
  • High oleic
  • High oleic/high stearic.
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