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Benefits of Sunflower Oil

Published on Aug 20, 2016 in Essential Oils

When most people think of the sunflower, they think of a pretty flower that looks nice and doesn’t do a whole lot else. They’re right about one thing, sunflowers are pretty – but they definitely have a lot more to offer than just growing in a garden or sitting in a vase. In addition to their inherent beauty and decorative potential, sunflowers are the source of an all-natural oil that can provide a number of different benefits and properties that make it one of the healthier multi-purpose oils around. From a healthy replacement for common oils in cooking and eating, to benefits to skin and hair, and even to fighting disease and lessening the risk of various health problems, Sunflower Oil is a pretty incredible substance, and one that people need to start doing more with than just allowing it to sit, un-extracted, in their garden! Read up on the Benefits of Sunflower Oil right here!

Why is Sunflower Oil So Beneficial?

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Sunflower Oil

What makes Sunflower Oil, or Sunflower Seed Oil, such a helpful oil for so many different parts and functions of the body? Well, a number of things! For starters, Sunflower Oil is a source of rich linoleic acid and omega 6, both of which are excellent at bodily repair as well as disease prevention, which we will be covering shortly. Additionally, Sunflower Oil is high in Vitamin E and low saturated fat, which makes it one of the healthier cooking oils around and one that is a great substitute for one the more common, mass-produced oils for cooking. There are two common types of Sunflower Oil – linoleic and high oleic – linoleic being a healthier cooking option based on its high lives of polyunsaturated fat, as well as its reputation for having a pleasant taste. Other helpful properties and nutrients contained within Sunflower Oil include lecithin, tocopherols, carotenoids, and waxes, all of which help to contribute to the sustainment of a healthy body. Sunflower Oil can be extracted and obtained via a number of different methods, but the most efficient method is cold-pressing, as extraction under low temperatures is the best way to ensure that the oil retains all of its beneficial properties. Using chemical processes or expeller pressing is easier in terms of extracting, but these methods could compromise the oil.

Sunflower Oil for Skin

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Skin Problems Can Be Tough

One of the most natural and healthy substances that promotes clear and strong skin, Sunflower Oil works wonders for skin based on its rich moisturizing and calming properties. Used for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes, Sunflower Oil is a great and simple treatment for skin problems such as acne, eczema, sunburn, rash, and more – the Oil is capable of repairing damage, reducing redness, diminishing scarring, eliminating stretch marks, and more! Sunflower Oil works as a natural moisturizer, helping the skin to moisten as well as maintain its moisture – direct application works great for accomplishing this. Additionally, the Vitamin E in Sunflower Oil is what helps it repair skin damage – whether actively fighting scarring, UVA from the sun, wrinkles, or acne damage, Sunflower Oil packs some serious punch. Sunflower Oil even works wonders as a preventative treatment – its Vitamin A, C, and D content helps to form a protective barrier on the skin to stop problems before they ever start in the first place. More so, as if all of these benefits weren’t enough, Sunflower Oil even causes something of an anti-aging effect, thanks to its antioxidant properties – in addition to eliminating and fading wrinkles, the oil can help you achieve a more youthful complexion in general. All of this makes Sunflower Oil one of the best, most underappreciated skin supplements available today.

Sunflower Oil for Hair

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Hair Care On Fleek!

The old cliché of women being overly obsessed with the state of their hair is well-established, but these days it seems like men are even more preoccupied with their locks than ladies are! In any event, men and women of all ages and hair types are constantly looking for ways to get the healthiest, most attractive hair possible. Enter: Sunflower Oil.

Sunflower Oil can do as much for your hair as it can for your skin, which is saying quite a lot. The high level of Oleic Acid, and Omega 9 acid found in Sunflower Oil is best known for being capable of stimulating the growth of hair, although it can also strengthen and thicken brittle hair, as well as act as a hair loss prevention treatment. Sunflower Oil also serves as a potent conditioner, leading to smoother, shinier, and healthier hair with consistent application, and contains Vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as potassium, iron, and calcium, all of which are known to contribute to healthy hair growth. As is the case with the skin, Sunflower Oil can be used to protect your hair from harmful UV rays, which can effect people to varying degrees based on hair type. How do you go about taking advantage of Sunflower Oil for your hair? There are a few different options – you can directly apply the oil to your hair, or add it to a trusty, reliable shampoo, or you can purchase a shampoo that contains Sunflower Oil as an ingredient. No matter how you go about using it on your hair, Sunflower Oil will get the job done!

Sunflower Oil for Cooking

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Sunflower Oil Tastes Great

Widely considered one of the healthiest oils available for cooking and eating, Sunflower Oil has become a favorite of the waistline and health-conscious, and for good reason. Rich in vitamins such as E, B1, B5, B6, and C, as well as minerals such as zinc, phosphorus, and iron, Sunflower Oil is one of the healthiest, most nutritionally dense oils that there are for use in cooking and eating. Low in calories relative to other oils, Sunflower Oil can go a long way towards promoting weight loss and a healthier overall lifestyle – try replacing your traditional kitchen oils with Sunflower Oil when cooking, frying, in dressings, and more! It can also help to boost energy – Sunflower Oil’s fatty acid content is connected to energy levels within the body, and can lead to great energy boost when used in favor of oils which contain saturated fats.

Sunflower Oil for Disease Prevention

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Staying Healthy With Sunflower Oil

Not only can Sunflower Oil help you make aesthetic and weight-related improvements to your body, it can improve the inner-workings of the body as well. Many of the substances contained in Sunflower Oil which have already been mentioned, such as Vitamin E, are powerful antioxidants which eliminate free radicals that have the potential to grow into cancerous cells, helping to diminish the risk of cancer in the body. Sunflower Oil can also help the body fight against infection and other various kinds of diseases, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and more. The anti-inflammatory properties contained in Sunflower Oil can have a tremendous positive effect on the body, diminishing the risks and effects associated with asthma, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases. Sunflower Oil also makes a great choice for Oil Pulling!

Conclusion

Well, ready to go and buy out the Sunflower Oil at your local supermarket? We don’t blame you! Sunflower Oil is replete with potential to promote, improve, and maintain a healthy lifestyle across the board. Given its wide range of impacts on the body, from hair, to skin, to disease prevention, and more, virtually everyone can stand to benefit from using Sunflower Oil or replacing their common cooking oils with it for eating and food preparation. We’ve covered lots of oils at Maple Holistics in the past – from Coconut Oil, to Castor Oil, to Tea Tree Oil, to Avocado Oil, and even Lavender Oil, but Sunflower Oil just might be the top dog! Try Sunflower Oil today to start finding out what it can do for you – it may just become your go-to oil for life!

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