Organic Sunflower Oil 5 oz
Some of the health benefits of sunflower oil include its ability to improve heart health, boost energy, strengthen the immune system, improve your skin health, prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, protect against asthma, and reduce inflammation.
Try this Recipe
6-8 kale leaves (remove the ribs from the center of each leaf and cut into 1-1/2 to 2 inch pieces)
1 teaspoon Smude Cold Pressed High Oleic Sunflower Oil
Sea Salt (to taste)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place kale pieces in bowl, sprinkle with WitchHaven Apothecary Cold Pressed High Oleic Sunflower Oil. Toss well. Add a little sea salt now and toss well or sprinkle it on the leaves once it is on your baking sheet. Place kale on baking sheet (I use my baking stone, it cooks evenly). Bake about 10-12 minutes depending upon your oven. Should be crispy and dark green (occasionally some edges will be brown). Eat warm or let cool and enjoy.
Makes amazing Salad Dressings Too!
Try this Salad Dressing Recipe
- 1/2 cup WitchHaven Apothecary Cold Pressed High Oleic Sunflower Oil
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey Juice of 1 orange - about ½ cup
- Finely grated zest of 1 orange - about 1 teaspoon
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Organic Cold Pressed High Oleic Sunflower Oil 5 oz
Health Benefits of Sunflower Oil
Heart Health: Thebalance of fatty acidsfound in sunflower oil, including a good amount of linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) is very good. Although omega-6 fatty acids are typically considered “bad” cholesterol, they are still essential in the body. The problem is, most people have too many! Finding a healthy balance of good cholesterol (omega-3s) and bad cholesterol is very important. Furthermore, sunflower oil doesn’t contain any saturated fats, which means that it can actually reduce your overall cholesterol content in the body. This means that you are far less likely to develop atherosclerosis, which clogs arteries, raises blood pressure, and increases your chances of suffering a heart attack or a stroke. Sunflower oil, in moderation, is a good choice for those who want to keep an eye on their heart health!
Skin Health: Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant in the body. It has been directly connected to preventing heart disease and boosting your immune system. Furthermore, vitamin E is specifically related to improving skin health and regenerating cells. This means that your skin is better protected against damage from the sun, as well as the natural degradation of age that occurs when free radicals are present in the body. Antioxidants like vitamin E neutralize free radicals, keeping them from destroying or damaging healthy cells. You can see an increased reduction in scars, quicker wound healing, and a healthier natural glow to your skin. This is why sunflower oil is commonly used in cosmetic applications!
Energy Booster: The fatty acid content in sunflower oil is also connected to energy levels in the body. Saturated fats can make you feel sluggish, while unsaturated fats, of which sunflower oil has many, can keep you feeling energized and ready to face your day!
Cancer Prevention: As mentioned above, sunflower oil is rich in antioxidants and substances that act as antioxidants. Vitamin E, which has varieties known as tocopherols, are powerful antioxidants that can eliminate free radicals before they can mutate healthy cells into cancerous cells. Specifically, sunflower oil has been linked to preventing colon cancer, but there are a number of research studies ongoing to verify its effects on a wider variety of cancers.
Anti-Inflammatory Capacity: Asthma affects millions of people around the world, and this respiratory condition can range from mild to life-threatening. Sunflower oil has been positively correlated with a lower amount and severity of asthma attacks because of its anti-inflammatory qualities, which are derived from its vitamin content, as well as the beneficial fatty acids sunflower oil contains. Along with asthma, sunflower oil has also been linked to a reduction in severity of arthritis, which is an inflammatory disease.
Immune System Health: We have explained the benefits of antioxidants in the body, but they also have a significant affect on the general immune system and the ability of the body to resist attacks by infection. Sunflower oil protects the skin by strengthening the membrane barriers, thereby making it harder for bacteria and viruses to enter the body. In infants, sunflower oil is highly recommended because it can protect the babies from infections, particularly when they are born premature and are highly susceptible to infections. This same benefit is extended to adults who use the oil as well, although the effects are not quite as dramatic or obvious.
A Final Word of Caution: Although the fatty acids in sunflower oil are important and essential in our diet, sunflower oil does have a higher omega-6 content than most other vegetable oils. There has been some concern about this, particularly for people who already have problems with obesity or cholesterol. If sunflower oil is eaten in excess, without intentionally boosting your omega-3 intake, then it can result in an imbalance of fatty acids in the body, which is dangerous. As long as you monitor how your body is responding and how you feel, then sunflower oil can be a hugely beneficial addition to your diet!