Keep Heart Disease At Bay With Safflower Oil

| April 14, 2011

Imagine if you could maintain healthy levels of “good” HDL cholesterol; and control your blood sugar, insulin sensitivity and inflammation, all with one ingredient?

Well, according to the latest research findings you can do all of this with a daily dose of a common cooking oil. Researchers have found that safflower oil may help improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar, elevate “good” cholesterol, lower inflammation, and ultimately prevent heart disease.

This latest US study from Ohio State University (OSU), showed considerable improvement in all of the above among obese, postmenopausal women with type-2 diabetes who took roughly 1 2/3 teaspoons of safflower oil a day for just 16 weeks.

Dr. Martha Belury and her colleagues examined previous results from a similar safflower study, conducted in 2009, to see how this everyday cooking oil affected other metabolic markers associated with type-2 diabetes, and how long it took to have an effect.

The results are very promising!

Safflower oil appeared to decrease levels of the blood protein HbA1C (which is a marker of long-term elevated blood sugar levels), by 0.64 per cent; decrease C-reactive protein levels (which indicate inflammation), by 17.5 per cent; lower fasting blood sugar levels by between 11 and 19 points on average; increase insulin sensitivity by 2.7 per cent; and increase HDL “good’ cholesterol levels by 14 per cent on average — all within 16 weeks!

These findings come about 18 months after the same researchers discovered that safflower oil reduced abdominal fat and increased muscle tissue in the same group of women after 16 weeks of daily supplementation.

As a result, Dr. Belury suggests that a daily dose of safflower oil — about 1 2/3 teaspoons — is a safe way to help reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

Better still, Dr Belury said that the women in the study didn’t replace what was in their diet with safflower oil. They added it to what they were already doing. According to Dr. Belury this indicates certain people need a little more of this type of good fat — particularly when they’re obese and already have diabetes.

Safflower oil is a polyunsaturated fat, which is known to help prevent cardiovascular disease. The latest research findings now also show that these fats can help with other aspects of metabolic syndrome, including glycaemic control. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of symptoms that can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

A note of caution: Safflower oil is also high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are already too common in the average diet. Therefore it is important to make sure that any consumption of safflower oil is properly balanced with other oils high in omega-3s. Hemp oil, for instance, happens to have a highly beneficial balance of both omega-3s and omega-6s built right into it. And of course, cod liver and fish oils are naturally high in omega-3s.

Here’s to a healthy heart

Dr John Briffa
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

‘Study says safflower oil helps prevent heart disease, reduce inflammation’ published online, 23.03.11, naturalnews.com

‘A Dose of Safflower Oil Each Day Might Help Keep Heart Disease at Bay’ published online, 21.03.11, sciencedaily.com

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  1. Lesley Gregerson says:

    Is it possible to book a consultation with Dr John Briffa?
    Kind Regards, Lesley

    • Editor says:

      Hi Lesley,

      YOu will have to contact him privately through his personal website. Do a Google search using his name (Dr. John Briffa) to find his contact details.

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