- Diet & Weight Loss
Losing weight with safflower oil
Lose 6 pounds in one week
Dr. Oz says I can lose 6 pounds and 5 inches in a week just by adding safflower oil to my diet. Don’t rush to the grocery store and purchase a 32 ounce bottle of safflower oil for $5.50 because that is not what he is talking about.
He is referring to Safslim and CLA. These products have a higher concentration of linoleic acid. The polyunsaturated oil that can be used in salad dressing and marinates are better for you than other oils, but will not give you the same results as advertised.
Safflower oil can be found as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. The monounsaturated oil is used mostly as a cooking oil. The polyunsaturated oil can be used in salad dressings and in marinades. Safflower oil contains no cholesterol and has more vitamin E than olive oil. It is higher in both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is the Omega 6 fatty acid that helps the body burn body fat.
Reduce belly fat
The Ohio State University has been conducting research studies on safflower oil and other oils since early 2000. Martha Belury stated, “Losing stomach fat (belly fat) can be especially tricky after menopause because of hormonal changes that lead to weight gain. Women gain more fat during this time, with much of their weight gain shifting to the stomach—a particularly dangerous location for body fat.”
The benefits of using safflower oil are more than just fat reduction. Using a daily dose of 1 ¾ tablespoons of high linoleic acid safflower oil has been shown to increase cardiovascular health, reduce abdominal fat, increase muscle tissue, improve good cholestrol (HDL), improve blood sugar, reduce inflammation, reduce respiratory problem, help blood circulation and strength immune system. These results were recorded after using the oil for 16 weeks. A few warning were issued before using safflower oil, the most important being allergic to daises. Participants using the oil on a daily base recorded stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.
Martha Belury and the researchers at Ohio State University concluded, “Our findings suggest that dietary supplementation of oils rich in the n26 linoleic acid decreases trunk adipose, increases lean tissue mass, and improves glycemic control which may reduce the risk of heart disease…”
Other uses for safflower oil
The benefits seem to be to good to be true. The only way to test the new imfomation is to use the product. I found safflower available in several of my local food shops. A 32 ounce bottle was priced about $5.50. The labels did not say high in linolecic acid so I tried the health food stores. The Safslim that Dr. Oz referred to in his article sells for $29.99 for 16 ounces. This is about a two weeks supply. Several other online shops and health food store had similar prices.
Many participants in the studies did not see weight reduction on the scale, but most of the time showed a decrease in body fat measurements. Most health advisors suggested taking 1 tablespoon in the morning and one in the evening with meals. Do not expect to see any belly change until 12 to 16 weeks.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is also available in tablets or gels. Eight dosages per day is the recommendation for the pill form of safflower oil.
Safflower oil is also used in manufacturing soap, linoleum floors, paints and stains. The remaining mash, produced after refining the oil, is used in livestock feed. If you want to use the oil to its fullest, rub some on the roots of your hair to imrove the hair quality and give it a lustrous shean. It will also add moisture to dry hair. When applied to skin, it can reduce lines and wrinkles. It also has been known to reduce eczema and reduce inflammation and redness.