The safflower grew profusely in Egypt, the Middle East, and India, which use its florets primarily for orange dye. The plant spread throughout the Mediterranean region and further down the East as far as China and Japan. In 1925, US made safflower as an experimental oil crop. California saw its potential as an oil source and grew it commercially in the 1950s.
Safflower seeds, which are bitter tasting and resemble orange seeds, have a high 75% linoliec acid content. When the crude seeds are compressed as a cake or meal, the protein content varies from 20% to 55%, depending on the amount of hull removed during the process.
Many might wonder what is so fantastic about the high linoleic acid content of the safflower. Medical research tells us that this fatty acid is highly favorable in lowering serum cholesterol levels, as tested in laboratory animals and humans. Lenoleic acid also promotes and improves the calcium available to the cells, somehow playing the role of a vitamin. In fact some scientists have coined the term “Vitamin F” for lenoleic acid.
Those with cardiovascular diseases would benefit much from the lenoleic acid of the safflower. In fact, an emulsion by the brand name Saffloxin-cipla is used routinely for myocardial infraction, cardiax ischaemia, and hypertension. As a safe rule, having safflower oil instead of butter and cream will greatly enhance one’s health.
Safflower seeds are good for constipation, sexual debility, asthma, eczema, and other female disorders. The sunflower seeds cure beriberi and pellagra, anemia and respiratory disease.
Also known as false saffron, safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is a proud member of the thistle family. Safflower seeds are the main source of vegetable safflower oil and a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids, notably Omega-9 and Omega-6. Various clinical studies reported that a moderate safflower seed and oil consumption is beneficial for cardiovascular health, as long as there is also a healthy Omega-3 intake.
Another study suggests that a small to moderate consumption of safflower seeds is efficient in reducing belly fat especially in post-menopausal women. Preliminary research shows that safflower oil and seeds may help reduce insulin sensitivity, again in post-menopausal women, and lower both cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. At the same time, it is important to remember that one food does not make or break your diet. Whatever the benefits you are looking to get when eating a certain food.
Rich in mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Safflower seeds are about 35% unsaturated fatty acids, mostly oleic (Omega-9) and linoleic (Omega-6) fatty acids. According to numerous studies focusing on the effects of dietary fatty acids on cardiovascular health, a diet rich in healthy unsaturated fatty acids, such as the Mediterranean diet, helps reduce cholesterol levels, regulates blood pressure and maintains blood vessels healthy and elastic due to the antioxidants properties of the fatty acids.
The key is to maintain a healthy ratio of 1:1 (ideal) or 1:3 Omega 3-Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids. Including fatty acids in one’s diet diet, either in the form of olive oil, sunflower oil, linseed oil or safflower oil or in the form of walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or safflower seeds can have positive effects on cardiovascular health and reduce mortality associated to cardiovascular disease by lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Excellent source of thiamine, pyridoxine and folate.
90-100% of the RDI of vitamin B1.
90% of the RDI of vitamin B6.
40% of the RDI of vitamin B9/100 g of safflower seeds.
In addition to ensuring good energy levels, safflower seeds help promote muscle tone, improve memory and concentration, protect the cells of the nervous system, support immunity, prevent Beriberi, anemia and paralysis and death in newborns.
Rich in iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
Iron: 4.90 mg (50% for adult males under 51, 25% for adult women under 51).
Magnesium: 353 mg (over 100% for adult women, around 100% for adult males).
Phosphorus: 644 mg (around 95% of the RDI for both men and women).
Safflower seeds are great against anemia, headaches and irritability. Moreover, they support muscle health, heart included, and increase calcium absorption in bones. Last but not least, safflower seeds help ease magnesium deficiency symptoms such as eyelid twitching, muscle spasms, extrasystoles and high blood pressure, promote strong teeth and bones and support digestion.
- Good for skin, hair and nails. Safflower seeds and oil are rich in vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids, two important compounds for skin and hair care. The oil obtained from safflower seeds can be rubbed directly on nails to stimulate growth and moisturize the skin around the nails. Alternatively, it can be applied onto the scalp to nourish the skin and reduce redness, as well as to repair damaged hair and give it a healthy shine.
- Great for reducing belly fat. According to several studies, daily consumption of small amounts of around 1-2 tablespoons of safflower seed oil led to a significant reduction in belly fat in post-menopausal women (read more about how to get rid of belly fat). This effect appears to have been caused by safflower seed oil regulating blood sugar levels and insulin response, which increased the body’s fat-burning response.
Overall, as seen by their nutritional value, safflower seeds are a great source of iron, magnesium and phosphorus, vitamins E, B1, B6 and B9 as well as unsaturated fatty acids. A moderate consumption appears to have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, support the activity of the nervous system as well as muscle health. The B vitamins and iron it provides further contribute to an improved energy metabolism and higher energy levels.
홍화씨는 성질이 따뜻하고 혈액순환에 많은 도움을 주는 식품입니다. 홍화씨에는 여러가지 효능이 있지만 크게 나누면 뼈 관절 계통의 질환과 순환계통 질환에 효능이 있습니다.
1. 뼈 재생
홍화씨는 뼈를 재생 시키는데에 탁월한 효능이 있는데,유일하게 함유되어 있는 유기백금(PT) 성분이 작용하기 때문입니다.
홍화씨는 뼈를 붙히는 효능 뿐만 아니라 뼈를 튼튼하게 하고 골절부위를 치료하는 효능이 있습니다.
때문에 홍화씨를 꾸준히 복용하면서 뼈나 관절이 약해져서 발생하는 고관절이나 골다공증을 예방하는데 높은 효과를 보입니다.
홍화씨에 함유되어 있는 리놀산 성분은 지방을 분해하는 효능이 있습니다.
뿐만아니라 지방성분을 신체에 고르게 재분배 시키는 효능이 있어 비만해소는 물론 다이어트에 효과적입니다.
비만이 있는 경우 뼈가 약한 분들이 많은데 홍화씨를 복용하면 뼈가 강화되는 효능은 물론 다이어트 효능도 함께 볼 수 있어서 특히 좋습니다.
3. 암 예방
홍화씨에 함유되어 있는 비타민 E(토코페롤) 성분이 우리몸에 암 세포의 증식을 막는 효능이 있어 암을 예방하는데 탁월한 효능이 있습니다.
4. 자외선 차단
홍화씨에 함유되어 있는 비타민 E 성분은 암 뿐만 아니라 자외선을 차단 시켜주는 효능을 갖고 있습니다.
또한 자외선으로 인한 피부암을 막아주는 효능이 있습니다.
홍화씨에 함유되어 있는 리놀산 성분은 고혈압과 동맥경화증을 예방 및 치료하는 효능이 뛰어납니다.
혈관계 질환은 혈관내에 유해콜레스테롤이 쌓이기 때문에 발생하게 되는데, 홍화씨는 유해콜레스테롤을 녹여주는 효능이 있기 때문에 혈관계 질환에 좋습니다.
6. 두뇌 발달
홍화씨에 함유되어 있는 불포화 지방산은 두뇌발달에 좋습니다.
지방산 중 두뇌에 도달 할 수 있는 지방산은 불포화 지방산이 유일합니다.
이에 공부나 과도한 업무 스트레스로 인해서 능률이 잘 오르지 않는 분들에게 좋습니다.