ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Safflower Oil, Are the Benefits Real?

Updated on September 3, 2016

Does safflower oil offer any health benefits, beyond being good for your skin and hair? I will let you be the judge.

But first, it is important to learn a little bit about the safflower plant.

Safflower Plant-The Type of Oil It Creates

Safflower oil is derived from a plant called the safflower plant. The plant is a thistle-like annual, having yellow, red and orange flowers.

Most notably, the flowers of the safflower plant have been commercially cultivated for years for its seeds in the making of vegetable oil, dyes, and flavorings.

However, safflower oil has once again drawn the attention of researchers because it contains a good fatty acid called linoleic acid. The body cannot produce this type of fat, so it must be derived from food.

Has this been a recent discovery? No, not really. There was research done on these oils dating back to the 1960s that did suggest that these oils from plant sources could help prevent heart disease. However, the omega-3 fish oils gained popularity and safflower oil attention declined. Does it mean that you should throw out the fish oil, no. It may mean that safflower oil and fish oil have a place in your heart health regimen.

The Good Fatty Acids

Some assume all fats are bad. In fact, that is a fallacy. There are some fats that are good for you and which you should incorporate into your diet. What is the job of the good fats? The good fats main job is to carry vitamins A, D, E, and K, known as the fat-soluble vitamins, into and around the body.

This is where safflower oil resurfaces in studies. It does show that safflower oil has the highest source of polyunsaturated fats than any other vegetable oil. It contains approximately 79% polyunsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid), monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids and vitamins. Yes, these fats are good fats and are important to your body.

Now that you have an idea of what constitutes the safflower plant, let’s look at the possible benefits that the oil, which is developed from the seeds do offer you.

Quick Safflower Facts

  • One tablespoon of safflower oil contains about 120 calories, with roughly 14 to 15 grams of fat. However, it contains only 1 gram of saturated fat (bad fat) versus the remaining unsaturated fat (healthy fat).

Difference between Good and Bad Fats

Bad Fats

Saturated fats contribute to clogged arteries, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

  • Trans Fats
  • Saturated Fats

Good Fats

  • Polyunsaturated Fats
  • Monounsaturated Fats
  • Unsaturated Fats

Benefit Claims of Safflower Oil

As I mentioned earlier, the oil does contain linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid. People have purported that this fatty acid can help your health in many ways.

Heart Health

Many online sites state that it helps to control cholesterol level, decrease the accumulation of plaque on the walls of your arteries (atherosclerosis), and thus, helps in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

When it comes to cholesterol, from what I have read and researched, it has the possibility of lowering your LDL but does not help with your HDL or your triglycerides.

High Blood Pressure

From all the few studies that have been conducted, the results are conflicting. In one small study it did show a lowering of blood pressure, but in another, the blood pressure remained the same after a 6 week period.


As one knows, people with diabetes or pre-diabetes, need to control their blood sugar levels. And the omega-6 fatty acid is purported to do that. However, with a small study group of people who had diabetes, took safflower oil for about 3 weeks. The results showed that it did not lower blood sugar levels, but instead increased blood glucose levels.

Weight Loss

Since safflower oil contains a lot of the omega-6 fatty oil. And omega-6 has the reputation of burning fat. It can be assumed that it can help you to burn fat and to lose weight. Sorry, wrong. The studies have been too small, and among studies it cannot be determined whether it can or cannot be beneficial for weight loss.

Note: If you do decide to try safflower oil, be aware that safflower oil can slow down your blood from clotting. In addition, if you have an allergy, such as ragweed, avoid safflower oil because it could give you an allergic reaction.


Everyone likes that magic bullet, but based on the limited studies and I would venture to say that those limited studies did not have any control groups. My take, I would proceed with caution especially if you have clotting issues, on a blood thinner or you are allergic to ragweed.


(Safflower Oil Uses and effectiveness-- )


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)