Sunflower Seed Benefits — Oil Benefits
Sunflower seeds have a lot of great health benefits. Eating them whole is a great way to get a variety of healthy fats into your diet. Sunflower seeds are very high in oil content and have a nice flavor. But sunflower seed oil also has a very versatile amount of benefits. But as with any oil, you really have to find one that’s produces in a high quality manner. Most oil makers using oil extraction methods that heat and pressurize the seeds heavily in order to get the maximum amount of oil out of them that’s possible. This causes many of the key nutrients to change and be destroyed. Not only that, but in order to preserve the shelf life of an oil, they take the oils through a process of sometimes up to 20 steps. This, as you can imagine, also lowers the nutritional value of the oil. Finding a sunflower oil that’s both cold pressed and unrefined like the one pictured above, is really the best way to go.
Sunflower oil, when produced in this way, has a very versatile range of benefits. Not only can it be used readily in cooking, it’s also one of the best oils for massage and oil pulling. Sunflower oil is rich in oleic acid and linoleic acid which are both great when used as topical oils. This particular sunflower oil is perfect for oil pulling and will leave your skin feeling soft and vibrant. Not only that, but sunflower oil also have very positive benefits to the hair. A lot of people like to mix sunflower oil in with their conditioner, which helps to leave the hair softer and more moisturized. Others like to use sunflower oil directly on the scalp. Both are a great way to deliver key nutrients directly to the hair and follicles.
At the end of the day, it’s nice to have an oil that’s super versatile. Sunflower oil can be used for an array of purposes, especially when you get it cold pressed and unrefined. That ensures that the maximum amount of nutrients have been preserved inside the oil and are ready to go to work for you. In cooking, sunflower oil has a great flavor. I use sunflower oil in steak marinades all the time, and it gives the steak that roasted nutty flavor that’s awesome when combined with Worcestershire. With a high quality sunflower oil, you’re getting the best of the sunflower seed benefits in a form that’s highly usable and versatile.