Sunflower Oil: Nature’s sunshine skin care product – high in Vitamin C

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Sunflower Oil: Nature’s sunshine skin care product – high in Vitamin C

Sunflower Oil is a staple ingredient used in most of our breads to create a glossy texture and improve the shelf life and all the benefits found in “good” fats.

Introducing our producer

Kialla Pure Foods is the bulk provider of our Sunflower Oil. Their sunflower seeds are mechanically pressed without the use of heat processing which ensures the oil is high in anti-oxidants and the fatty acid content is largely mono-unsaturated.

Kialla Pure Foods is one of Australia’s largest cereal grain processing operations. The company mills only 100% Certified GMO free organic cereal grains and utilizes a mix of modern and traditional milling techniques to produce a range of organic flours, kibbles and meals. Kialla Pure Foods is certified by two Australian Organic Certification bodies, the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the Organic Food Chain (OFC), which ensures two independent audits each year and strict adherence to organic production standards.

What is sunflower oil?

Pressed from sunflower seeds , sunflower oil is polyunsaturated in nature and hence is often used as a healthy cooking oil. Sunflower oil is considered healthier than most fatty oils based on its low trans-fat and saturated fat content. It is light in taste, and sunflower oil provides more Vitamin E than all other vegetable oils.

Sunflower oil is also used in some medications because of its health qualities. Although there is not enough evidence to prove how effective it is, sunflower oil is often used to treat arthritis , constipation , lowering LDL cholesterol , healing wounds, and for treating some skin conditions .

Sunflower oil is also very popular oil for use in skin care products. In fact, the oil can be rubbed into the skin by itself to impart many skin-care benefits as a result of the variety of properties it possesses that are beneficial to the well-being of your skin.

Health benefits of sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of manganese, magnesium, copper, tryptophan, phosphorous and zinc. They also contain very good amounts of selenium, folate, iron, potassium and calcium.

Sunflower seeds contain excellent levels of vitamin e and thiamine. They are also very good source of vitamin b1, niacin and riboflavin. Sunflower seeds also contain good levels of vitamin b5 and vitamin b6. Traces of vitamin c and vitamin a can also be found in sunflower seeds.

Sunflower seeds are high-calorie foods as 100g contains 584 calories of energy. They contain high levels of protein.

Sunflower seeds help in preventing hearth disorders, lower cholesterol levels, asthma , high blood pressure, migraine, headaches, indigestion and inflammations related to bones.

Skin care benefits of sunflower oil

Like many other oils Sunflower Oil retains moisture, and therefore prevents your skin from drying out.  Dry skin is more likely to develop wrinkles and age than that which is kept moisturized. It is also believed to protect the skin of low birth weight infants, where it helps to prevent the infection in hospital to which such pre-term children are susceptible.

However, it is for its effect on a wide variety of irritating skin conditions for which sunflower oil is most prized. It is non-comedogenic, and can be rubbed into your skin without generating pimples or spots. It is particularly suitable for the treatment of acne where more traditional treatments have failed. If you have acne that nothing seems to have helped, then sunflower oil is definitely worth trying.

It is also high in the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, and can help prevent oxidative damage to your skin caused by bright sunlight or pollution from factory or car emissions and also cigarette smoke. Along with exposure to pesticides on your food, these can generate small molecules known as free radicals that oxidize your skin cells, destroying the cell membranes and accelerating the appearance of aging such as wrinkles and liver spots.

These antioxidant vitamins prevent this oxidation by chemically reducing the free radicals and effectively destroying them. Thus, a regular application of sunflower oil to your skin can help it maintain its youthful appearance, even when you sunbathe longer than you should. Not only that, but it provides your skin with natural protection against bacterial infections and other agents that can cause blemishes.

Its antibacterial properties are largely due to the presence of organic acids, particularly oleic, palmitic, linoleic and stearic acids that deter the growth of bacteria. Not only that, but its vitamin D content supports the immune system by helping to prevent inflammation in some skin conditions such as acne.

In addition to their antioxidant properties, Vitamins C and E help skin to grow normally, and are also useful in the treatment of inflammation and skin conditions by speeding up the healing process. Sunflower oil is therefore extremely versatile, and a useful natural treatment for anybody that is concerned about the synthetic chemicals that are present in many over-the-counter remedies for conditions such as acne.

Sunflower oil, obtained from the crushed seeds of the plant, is found in the ingredients list of many commercial preparations, such as soaps, lotions, hair conditioners and body washes.  It produces a soap that is less harsh than the regular type of soap, and one that gently softens your skin. You will likely find it used in combination with other oils in such products due to its shelf-life being reduced by the presence of linoleic acid, but it is stable enough for you to use naturally by itself.

References

The information above has been sourced from the following websites:

http://www.organicfacts.net/nutrition-facts/seeds-and-nuts/nutritional-value-of-flax-seed-oil-and-sunflower-seed-oil.html

http://www.castlebaths.com/sunflower-oil.html

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