Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is the non-volatile oil compressed from the seeds of sunflower. Sunflower oil is commonly used in food as a frying oil, and in cosmetic formulations as an emollient. The world’s total production of sunflower oil in 2014 was nearly 16 million tonnes, with Ukraine and Russia as the largest producers.

Sunflower oil is a monounsaturated /polyunsaturated mixture of mostly oleic acid (omega-9)-linoleic acid (omega-6) group of oils. The oil content of the seed ranges from 22% to 36% (average, 28%): the kernel contains 45–55% oil. The expressed oil is of light amber color with a mild and pleasant flavor; refined oil is pale yellow. Refining losses are low and the oil has good keeping qualities with light tendency for flavor reversion. The oil contains appreciable quantities of vitamin E, sterols, squalene, and other aliphatic hydrocarbons.

In recent years, there has been an increase in demand for sunflower crops such as sunflower oil. Measures such as the development of hybrid sunflowers to increase oil production have been introduced to meet this demand.

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1. Improve Heart Health

Sunflower oil can lower cardiovascular diseases and the chance of heart attack. And selenium in the sunflower oil could increased the selenium in blood, reduces the chances of cardiac problems and hepatic degradation, etc

2. Maintains Healthy Immune System

The sunflower oil contains zinc, which helps maintain a healthy immune system that helps in the healing of wounds. Zinc also is beneficial in maintaining your sense of smell and taste.

3.Lower Risk of Infant Infection

Sunflower oil could  lower risk of infections of low birth weight and pre-term infants.

4. Stops Free Radicals   

The Sunflower oil contains vitamin E and tocopherols, which could stop neutralizes cancer causing free radicals, as free radicals damage cells as well as your immune system.

5. Promotes a Healthy Nervous System

Sunflower oil contains vitamin B which is good for a healthy nervous system, good digestion, and it is great for producing energy.

6. Lowers Cholesterol

Lecithin is also present in sunflower oil which helps keep cholesterol levels low

7.Reduces Cardiac Problems

Sunflower oil is a good way to incorporate selenium into the diet. By having higher levels of selenium in your blood, it could reduces the chances of cardiac problems and hepatic degradation.

8. Helps Create New Cells

Sunflower oil contains folic acid, which helps the body manufacture new cells.

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