5 Incredible Benefits of Sunflower Oil
Posted: Aug 01, 2021
Most of us know sunflower oil as the frying oil for delicious pooris or crispy pakoras. Nevertheless, sunflower oil has been a popular edible as well as body-care oil in Indian homes. It is a non-volatile oil made up of pressed seeds extracted from sunflower and is a rich source of vitamin E. The oil is of light amber colour with a mild and pleasant flavour. Sunflower oil is low in saturated fat but high in two other types of fatty acids - mono-saturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Listed below are a few sunflower oil benefits that explain why users buy sunflower oil in compulsion.
Heart health: Sunflower oil contains oleic acid, a (mono-saturated fatty acid - MUFA) that improves the heart’s health and is supposed to help with blood coagulation that helps in clotting. The high oleic content also ensures membrane fluidity that is responsible for hormonal responses and boosts immunity. It is also rich in phytochemicals like choline and phenolic acid that are friendly for heart health. The linoleic acid in the oil lowers the risk of coronary heart disease. Sunflower oil is free of saturated fats that helps in controlling the cholesterol levels in the body. It contains over 80% of unsaturated fat, which makes it useful for the heart.
Skin: Sunflower oil is rich in protein content, which helps in building and repairing various tissues of the human body. It has linoleic acid that maintains the skin’s natural barrier, helping to retain moisture, essential bacteria and germs. Antioxidants like vitamin E present in the sunflower oil protects the skin from wrinkles and the negative effects of sun exposure. It is also rich in vitamins A, C, K and D that reduces stress and prevents premature ageing. It helps to retain hydration in the skin by preventing trans-epidermal water loss. Sunflower oil decongestant clogged pores formed by dead skin cells that have been trapped in the skin by cleaning and creating a refreshed, revitalized appearance.
Hair: Sunflower oil has proven to be beneficial to tame dry hair, and the gamma alpha-linolenic acid(GLA) present in it helps to prevent hair loss. The oleic acid present stops the breaking of the hair. Besides, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce dandruff and provides relief from itchy scalp. In addition to these, the GLA metabolizes to form other fatty acids that play an important role in the human body. Vitamin E in the oil helps with collagen cross-linking and promotes hair growth. The light texture of sunflower oil acts as a hair conditioner. This makes the hairs healthy and shiny. It also protects us from UV lights that can damage both hair and scalp.
Digestion: Most of the health-related problems in life arise because of the unhealthy cooking oil used in our kitchens. Sunflower oil is rich in polyunsaturated and mono-saturated fats that makes it light, easy to digest and healthy as compared to other oils used for cooking. It has laxative properties that stimulate the digestive tract walls, speeding up bowel movement. It also regulates the secretion of digestive juices and eliminates the unnecessary toxins from the body, making sure that the stomach and the gut keep up with their function at all times.
Energy and immunity booster: We are very well aware that saturated fat or bad fat makes us feel lazy and dull. Contrary to this, unsaturated fat energizes us by discharging the glycogen from the liver to the blood. Glycogen is a kind of sugar that is responsible for quick energy. Besides, it provides adequate linoleic acid that helps in maintaining the immune response. It helps to build new cells and tissues of the body and various enzymes responsible for the healthy functioning of the immune system.
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