Which cooking oil is healthiest for our family.  We are often confused and worried when it comes to choosing an oil for everyday use in the kitchen.  It’s a general notion that oils are harmful to health, increase blood cholesterol levels or make us fat.  But, do we really know much about the various oils available in the market, their benefits and side-effects?  Safflower oil is one such oil with numerous health benefits.

Safflower oil is extracted from seeds of the Safflower plant, also known as Carthamus Tinctorius & belonging to the Composites family.  It has properties very similar to the Sunflower & typically blooms in summers.  Safflower Oil has high nutritive value & is known to be a heart-friendly oil.  

Lower Cholesterol Level

Safflower Oil contains unsaturated fatty acids, especially Omega-6 fatty acids that help in lowering cholesterol levels in the body.  Safflower Oil also contains linoleic acid that reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.  LDL is the primary marker for heart diseases. Safflower Oil is a choice for many who suffer from hypercholesterolemia ( i.e. High cholesterol Levels).

Controls Diabetes

Regular consumption of Safflower Oil will help prevent diabetes.  Safflower Oil is loaded with polyunsaturated fatty acids of plant origin which help in increasing insulin sensitivity.  The Omega-6 fatty acids in the Safflower Oil help reduce blood Sugar levels and thus can be consumed by diabetic patients too.

Controls Atherosclerosis

Safflower Oil is well known for reducing inflammation & preventing thickening of blood vessels thereby preventing atherosclerosis.  Also, the linoleic acid in Safflower Oil prevents hardening of the arteries. The polyunsaturated fatty acids decrease the chance of formation of fatty plaques in the blood vessels & help to have a healthy heart.


To reduce the risk of thrombosis or internal blood clots and prevent strokes, use polyunsaturated Safflower Oil that possesses anti-ischemic properties. It is known to lower cholesterol levels & prevent atherosclerosis.  

The linolenic & linoleic acids in Safflower seed oil might help prevent “ hardening of the arteries” lower Cholesterol, and reduce the risk of heart disease.  

 Reduces risk of obesity

A study says that if daily 8 grams of safflower oil is consumed, it will help in reducing belly fat.  Adding Safflower oil in your diet is recommended as it increases the serotonin levels in the body.  Serotonin is also called as the ‘happy hormone’ in everyday parlance, and on consumption, Safflower Oil stiulates the release of serotonin.  You can lose weight without being depressed now. Safflower Oil is rich in Omega-6 fatty acids which help burn fat & prevent becoming overweight if appropriately used in cooking.

Protect Heart Attack

In the early middle ages, Safflower petals were believed to improve blood circulation & today research has proven the benefits of Safflower Oil in preventing heart attacks.

 Protect Constipation

If you repeatedly suffer from constipation, then you might need Safflower Oil.  Safflower Oil acts as a lubricant in the large intestine working as a mild laxative & offering relief from straining at hard stools.  Safflower Oil overall helps in digestion by strengthening the stomach & intestines.  Liver & Spleen enlargement also can be handled if a little Safflower Oil is added to the daily diet.   

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