A new study in the United States has found that daily intake of safflower oil over a 16-week period could be an effective way to lower the risk of heart problems, and also help prevent type 2 diabetes .
The research, published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, suggested that common cooking safflower oil can help to improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as insulin sensitivity in obese post-menopausal women that suffer from type 2 diabetes .
With a greater amount of research now exploring the health benefits of omega-3 fish oils, less attention is being paid to these fats, this timely study comes after another recent report that found safflower oil could lower abdominal fat and increase muscle tissue for this group of women after a period of 16 weeks, as it contains a polyunsaturated fatty acid called linoleic acid.
Martha Belury, study leader, commented “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.”
She added “I believe these findings suggest that people consciously make sure they get a serving of healthy oil in their diets each day – maybe an oil and vinegar dressing on a salad, or some oil for cooking.”

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