Safflower oil, also known as Carthamus Tinctorius is a vegetable oil made from the seed of the safflower plant and is popularly used as medicine, cooking oil, to dye fabrics and as a paint solvent.
Safflower oil is beneficial for chest pains, tumors, coughs, problems that affect the respiratory system, treats fevers, prevents heart disease and stroke, an oil that can also be used as a laxative, stimulant, expectorant, it lowers blood pressure, relieves menstrual pains.
Plant natives to arid environment safflower plant have been cultivated mostly for its oil, an oil that have no flavour or colour. Safflower products are good for weight loss and aids in the reduction of abdominal fat and have been mentioned on the popular Dr. Oz show, safflower is made by pressing the seeds and also can be used as a lubricant, maintains healthy growing hair and nails, smooth rough dry patches, treat acne, an excellent choice for the skin, type 2 diabetes, cancer, reduce eczema, improves memory, relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and can also regularize the menstrual cycle.
Safflower oil is rich in vitamin C, linoleic acid, vitamin K, saturated fat and doesn’t really contain any major vitamins and minerals. Safflower oil can be taken as a supplement and even though it doesn’t have enough health benefits it is still a wonderful choice to be a part of your diet.
Safflower oil is not recommended for pregnant women as studies have shown that it may induce labour pain but with that said it is always of great importance to consult with a health care practitioner before taking any form of supplements.
Safflower oil has become popular over the years because of its many health benefits that it has to offer. Safflower oil can be incorporated in your diet by using it instead of butter to bake cakes and breads.