20 Health benefits of sunflower oil
Sunflower oil is the healthiest oil available for cooking all kinds of food. It can be used in all types of cooking, including baking of food in oven. This oil makes the normal meal of any person much healthier, than that cooked in any other edible oil.
1. Lowers the harmful fat content of the human body
Sunflower oil contains very low content of saturated fatty acid. Saturated fatty acids are very harmful for health, as it can cause heart problems and other serious health issues. Consumption of other edible oils may increase the level of saturated fatty acids in body, but consumption of sunflower oil is free from this danger.
2. Supplies useful fatty acids to the human body
Most of the varieties of sunflower oil contain polyunsaturated fatty acid. The presence of Omega-6 fatty acid in linoleic sunflower oil is particularly beneficial for the health of human body, as it helps in having strong hair and quick cure of minor wounds in the body. Omega-9 is a monounsaturated fatty acid present in high oleic sunflower oil, is very useful in increasing memory power, decreasing high blood-pressure and also proved to be useful in preventing cancer.
3. Increases the level of anti-oxidants and phytochemicals in body
Sunflower oil contains high amount of antioxidants which are useful in fighting the free radicals in human body, that otherwise damage the body cells gradually. This oil has high quantity of phytochemicals that improves human health.
4. Contains vitamins and many other useful ingredients for body
Sunflower oil contains beneficial components like Vitamin E, Betaine, Choline, Arginine and Lignans; which act as guardians of our health and protects the body against cancer or cardiovascular diseases.
5. Increases memory and prevents diseases like Alzheimer’s
The useful components of sunflower oil like Omega-9 boosts the memory power of a person by strengthening the brain cells, thus lessening the chance from attacks of diseases like Alzheimer’s and other brain-related problems.
6. Helps in lowering the cholesterol level of the body system
The sunflower oil contains an ingredient called phytosterol which helps in lowering the level of bad cholesterol called LDL, which is really harmful for our heart and one of the main reasons for causing heart attack. Regular consumption of sunflower oil decreases the level of LDL in the human body, thus saving the heart to a large extent.
7. Saves people from different cardiac diseases
Sunflower oil prevents cardiovascular diseases in human body, as it has high Vitamin E content and very low saturated fat content, both factors are responsible for the healthy condition of human heart.
8. Helps in protecting the skin from internal dryness
Sunflower oil retains the moisture of skin cells, thus keeping the skin soft and protecting it from getting dry. The skins of babies are protected from any infection by the regular use of sunflower oil. This is why this oil is widely used in many cosmetics, as it is smooth and easily absorbed by skin cells, leaving a glowing effect to the skin.
9. Use greatly helps in hair care
Sunflower oil is beneficial for hair and saves the hair from dryness and dandruff, when it is applied on the hair as hot oil treatment.
10. It protects body against infections
As sunflower oil contains a high percentage of Vitamin E and antioxidants, it acts as an anti-inflammatory product and protects the body against infection, thus saving from lots of diseases.
11. Acts as an anti-aging factor
The anti-oxidants present in sunflower oil act as anti-aging factor and prevent the skin from getting old at a relatively young age, as they can drive out the free radicals which damage the body cells.
12. It contains Vitamin K which strengthens the bones
Sunflower oil contains Vitamin K which helps in protecting the bone density of adults and also in the development of bones of children.
13. It is highly beneficial for eyes
Sunflower oil contains Vitamin A, which is very useful for keeping healthy eyes and preventing cataract of eyes.
14. Helps in preventing skin or lung cancer
Sunflower oil contains certain useful components like carotenoids and selenium, which prevent diseases like lung and skin cancer, also uterine cancer to some extent.
15. Helps to keep a healthy immune system
Sunflower oil contains zinc, which maintains a healthy immune system in the body and also helps to cure minor wounds of the body quickly.
16. Tends to prevent breast and colon cancer
Sunflower oil contains much phytochemicals, like choline, betaine and pheolic acid, which prevent the attack of colon or breast cancer, sometimes prevent even prostate cancer too.
17. Helps in reinstating the senses of smell or taste
Zinc present in sunflower oil, helps to bring back the senses of smell or taste, if they are lost due to old age or disease.
18. Helps in growth of new cells in the body
The folic acid present in sunflower oil, helps in rapid growth of new body cells, thus it is extremely good for pregnant women for the growth of the foetus or young children for getting strong bones.
19. Much stable form of oil while cooking
Unlike most other edible oils, sunflower oil does not break into harmful components while cooking, thus retaining its all healthy qualities.
20. Prevents arthritis and asthma in aged people
Sunflower oil prevents rheumatoid arthritis or asthma with the help of Vitamin E.
Thus, it is best to switch to sunflower oil for all types of cooking and baking, to gain all its benefits in daily food, as recommended by nutritionists.
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