Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus)
| There are 3 primary types of sunflower oils. Linoleic oil is the type that is most commonly found in your local grocery store. It has a high content of essential fatty acids and is rich in vitamin E. High oleic oil contains high levels of monounsaturated acids. It is used less frequently at home, but is well-suited for use in bakeries, restaurants, and cosmetics products. Finally, NuSun is the latest addition to line-up. It was originally designed to reduce the amount of saturated fat in sunflower oil. Today, it is quickly becoming the most popular choice due to its pleasant taste, lack of trans fat, and health benefits.
Sunflower oil has been used as an ingredient in cosmetic products for years. One of its main benefits as a skin care solution is its ability to help the skin retain moisture. Millions of people either apply it directly onto their skin, or use cosmetic products that contain sunflower oil, to avoid excess dryness. Of the 3 types, only high oleic oil can be used effectively in cosmetic formulations that sit on store shelves. Linoleic oil and NuSun lack the necessary shelf life to be used in most skin care products.
Sunflower oil is an excellent source of vitamin E. Sunflower oil contains more of the vitamin than any other vegetable oil. According to NutritionData.com, one teaspoon of sunflower oil has 5.5 milligrams (28 percent of the needed daily value) of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that prevents damage to human cells.
Sunflower oil offer a variety of benefits. It can be used as an emollient to help the skin retain moisture, preventing excessive dryness. It can replace heavier oils in cooking applications to prepare food that is both tasty and healthy. It can even be consumed as a supplement in order to provide our bodies with essential fatty acids that can lower our cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Though it was once overlooked, sunflower oil has proven to be versatile and beneficial in a number of ways.
Disclaimer: The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.