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SUNFLOWER OIL

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Aceite de Girasol, Adityabhakta, Corona Solis, Fleurs de Soleil, Grand Soleil, Hélianthe, Hélianthe Annuel, Helianthi Annui Oleum, Helianthus annuus, Huile de Graines de Tournesol, Huile de Tournesol, Marigold of Peru, Sunflower, Sunflower Oils,...
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SUNFLOWER OIL Overview
SUNFLOWER OIL Uses
SUNFLOWER OIL Side Effects
SUNFLOWER OIL Interactions
SUNFLOWER OIL Dosing
SUNFLOWER OIL Overview Information

Sunflower oil is pressed from the seeds of the sunflower. The oil is used as medicine.

Sunflower oil is used for constipation and lowering “bad” LDLcholesterol.

Some people apply sunflower oil directly to the skin for poorly healing wounds, skin injuries, psoriasis, and arthritis; and as a massage oil.

In foods, sunflower oil is used as a cooking oil.

How does it work?

Sunflower oil is used as a source of unsaturated fat in the diet to replace saturated fats.

SUNFLOWER OIL Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL, “bad”) cholesterol. There is some evidence that using sunflower oil in the diet is more effective than olive oil for lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
  • Arthritis.
  • Constipation.
  • Skin conditions, when applied to the skin.
  • Wound healing, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sunflower oil for these uses.


SUNFLOWER OIL Side Effects & Safety

Sunflower oil is safe when taken by mouth in appropriate amounts. It’s not known if applying sunflower oil to the skin is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of sunflower oil during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Sunflower oil may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking sunflower oil.

Diabetes: A diet that is high in sunflower oil seems to increase fastinginsulin and bloodsugar levels. It also seems to increase after-meal blood fats. This might increase the chance of developing “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis) in people with type 2 diabetes.

SUNFLOWER OIL Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for SUNFLOWER OIL Interactions

SUNFLOWER OIL Dosing

The appropriate dose of sunflower oil depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for sunflower oil. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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