Safflower oil is a nutrient-rich, colorless oil extracted from the safflower seed. The use of the safflower dates back as far as ancient Egypt, making it one of the oldest cultivated plants. Some benefits of safflower oil, such as its anti-inflammatory properties, have been understood for millennia through the practice of traditional medicine in numerous South Asian civilizations. Modern research points to several other therapeutic qualities of safflower oil when added to a balanced diet, which the following slides consider in detail.
Improves Blood Sugar
An investigation of medieval Persian manuscripts conducted in 2013 discovered safflower oil has been used to treat age-related health problems, such as diabetes, for hundreds of years. This use of safflower oil in traditional medicine has recently sparked an interest in finding modern therapeutic applications for the plant. Findings across hundreds of trials reveal adding safflower oil to a balanced diet improves blood sugar. In a study conducted in 2011, individuals with type 2 diabetes improved their blood sugar levels when they consumed eight grams of safflower oil every day for four months. Another article from 2016 strongly suggests diets high in unsaturated fats, like safflower oil, are linked to healthy glucose levels. In this study, by replacing some carbohydrates and saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, individuals experienced improved insulin regulation and blood sugar levels.