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Overview

Benefits of Safflower Oil And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of Safflower oil are such that it helps in improving heart health, helps in preventing diabetes, provides skin care, provides hair care, helps to boost the immune system, helps in relieving PMS symptoms, improves blood circulation, acts as a laxative, helps in removing waste by sweating, helps in reducing pain, provides relief from respiratory trouble, helps in growth.

Table of Content

Safflower Oil
Nutritional Value of Safflower Oil
Health Benefits of Safflower Oil
Helps in improving Heart Health
Helps in preventing Diabetes
Provides hair care
Provides skin care
Helps to boost the immune system
Helps in relieving PMS symptoms
Improves blood circulation
Act as a laxative
Helps in removing waste by sweating
Helps in reducing pain
Provides relief from respiratory trouble
Helps in muscle growth
Uses of Safflower Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Safflower Oil
Cultivation of Safflower Oil

Safflower Oil

P> Safflower oil, derived from the seeds of the safflower plant (Carthamus tinctorius L.), is an annual broadleaf crop belonging to Compositae or Asteraceae family. It is found in many parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and is referred to as 'kusum' in India (derived from the Sanskrit word 'kusumbha') and as 'hongua' in China.

Two varieties of safflower oil are available: high-linoleic and high-oleic. High-linoleic safflower oil is rich in polyunsaturated fats, while high-oleic safflower oil contains more monounsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated safflower oil is good for unheated foods, such as vinaigrettes. Monounsaturated safflower oil is good for cooking at high temperatures.

India is currently the largest leading commercial producer of safflower oil worldwide, followed closely by California in the United States and Mexico. Western states such as North Dakota and South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona and Nebraska also produce substantial amounts of safflower, but on a rather small scale.

Nutritional Value of Safflower Oil

1 oz. of Safflower oil has 147 calories, 1.59 g of water, 4.59 g of protein, 10.9 g of total fat and 9.72 g of carbohydrate. It also provides 55% of copper, 37.73% of tryptophan, 31.14% of total fat, 27.50% of Vitamin B1, 26.14% of phosphorus, 25.54% of vitamin B6, 24.83% of manganese, 23.81% of magnesium, 23.48% of valine, 22.86% of vitamin B5, 19.56% of isoleucine, 17.78% of histidine, 17.38% of iron, 13% of zinc, 11.53% of threonine and 11.25% of folate.

Health Benefits of Safflower Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Safflower Oil

Helps in improving Heart Health

Safflower oil is known to have a very high content of omega-6 fatty acids, which is a beneficial type of fatty acid that human body needs. It contains linoleic acid. This acid can help to keep a healthy balance of cholesterol in the body, which decreases the chances of developing atherosclerosis, as well as the other health conditions, such as heart attacks and strokes.

Helps in preventing Diabetes

The omega-6 fatty acid helps in managing blood sugar levels and thereby helps people who suffer from diabetes to keep their blood sugar under control. This can also prevent people from developing diabetes.

Provides hair care

Safflower oil being rich in oleic acid is very beneficial for the scalp and hair. This increases blood circulation in the scalp, thereby stimulating hair growth and strength in the follicles. It can also help to keep the hair shiny and vibrant, so it often has cosmetic applications.

Provides skin care

The high content of linoleic acid in safflower oil makes it ideal for boosting the quality and appearance of one’s skin. The linoleic acid can combine with sebum to unclog the pores and reduce blackheads, as well as acne, which is a result of sebum build-up under the skin. Moreover, linoleic acid stimulates the regeneration of new skin cells that help clear up scars and other blemishes from the surface of the skin, making the person look younger and more attractive.

Helps to boost the immune system

Although Safflower oil helps in regulating the function of prostaglandins, it also contributes the omega-6 fatty acids that create prostaglandins. These are hormone-like substances that help the body to function normally, including the processes of the immune system, therefore leaving our body more protected.

Helps in relieving PMS symptoms

For women going through menstruation, it can be a painful and uncomfortable time. Safflower oil’s linoleic acid regulates the prostaglandins in the body, which can cause such dramatic hormonal fluctuations and symptoms during menstruation. Therefore, safflower oil can decrease the severity of the PMS symptoms and can also regulate menstrual cycles, just like hormonal supplements, without the dangerous side effects.

Improves blood circulation

The compounds in safflower oil can thin the blood and promote the smooth flow of blood by widening the arteries and thus stimulating healthy heart functions.

Act as a laxative

Safflower oil acts as a laxative and helps in easing the trouble of constipation by aiding in the smooth expulsion of waste out of the body.

Helps in removing waste by sweating

Safflower oil can be used for inducing perspiration in the body which helps in eliminating waste and toxins from the body through the sweat.

Helps in reducing pain

Massaging the safflower oil topically on the inflamed joints, helps in reducing pain, swelling caused by the problem of arthritis. It helps in controlling all kinds of joint and muscle pains, and pains due to injuries in the body.

Provides relief from respiratory trouble

The problem of cold, cough and other respiratory infections can be controlled using Safflower oil. Breathing troubles, chest pain can be eased by this oil and it acts as an expectorant by thinning the phlegm and helping in its smooth discharge from the body.

Helps in muscle growth

Regular usage of this oil can promote muscle growth and development in the body. It does not allow the fat of the body to be stored and converts them to muscles.

Uses of Safflower Oil

Safflower oil has a variety of uses. It is primarily used as cooking oil. Prior to the 1960s, safflower oil was used in manufacturing paints, varnishes and other surface coatings. It is used as an oil solvent and can be mixed with artist's paints while painting, in the absence of linseed oil. In olden times, Safflower oil was used as hair conditioner by Chinese women, who kept their hair shiny and healthy by massaging their scalps with safflower oil.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Safflower Oil

Safflower seed oil is likely safe for most people when taken by mouth. However, it is likely unsafe to take Safflower oil during pregnancy, as it can bring on menstrual periods, make the uterus contract, and cause miscarriages.

Safflower oil should not be used in case of bleeding problems (such as haemorrhagic diseases, stomach or intestinal ulcers, or clotting disorders) because it can slow blood clotting.

Safflower oil may cause an allergic reaction in people who are hypersensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family.

Since Safflower oil might slow blood clotting, there is a concern that it could increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. So, consumption of safflower oil should be stopped at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Cultivation of Safflower Oil

The Saffflower plant (Carthamus tinctorius L),an annual plant, of the family Compositae is native to parts of Asia and Africa, from central India through the Middle East to the upper reaches of the Nile River and into Ethiopia.

The safflower plant grows from 0.3 to 1.2 m high. It is in leaf from May to October, in flower from August to October, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. The plant can grow in nutritionally poor soil and requires dry or moist soil. It cannot grow in the shade but can tolerate drought.

Oil obtained from the seed is the chief modern use of the plant. Safflower oil does not yellow with age, making it useful in preparing varnish and paint. Most of the oil, however, is consumed in the form of soft margarines, salad oil, and cooking oil. It is highly valued for dietary reasons because of its high proportion of polyunsaturated fats. The meal, or cake residue, is used as a protein supplement for livestock. Safflower, grown chiefly in India, has been introduced as an oil crop into the United States, Australia, Israel, Turkey, and Canada.

Safflower is cultivated in China as a blood herb. It is grown in most areas of China and mainly produced in the provinces Henan, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Sichuan, etc. Harvested when the flower turns from yellow into red in summer, the flower is dried in the air or sun for use when raw.

Popular Questions & Answers

Dear sir my lipid profile text on 10/10/17 my hdl level 31 and hdl level 105 total cholesterol level 155 but im self test today on 19/11/17 hdl 26 ldl 78 total cholesterol 124 why sir im confuse that report my hdl level totally down please help me.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, use Oils: olive, canola, safflower oil, sunflower oil (high mono- and poly- unsaturated fat) and Nuts and Seeds: walnuts, almonds, sunflower, cashew, peanut butter (mono- and poly-unsaturated fats; some saturated fats as well) in your diet. Other things you can do is: 1. Physical Activity - Regular cardiovascular activity has been shown to raise HDL cholesterol levels as well as lower LDL levels. Regular weight training will increase HDL levels as well, but has less of an effect on lowering LDL. The most drastic changes in levels happen in conjunction with regular exercise and healthy, LDL cholesterol lowering/HDL boosting diets. The combo leads to a change that is higher than just diet or exercise alone. 2. Calorie Restriction and Weight Loss - Research on calorie restriction has found that moderately restricting ones energy intake by 20% not only decreases your bodyweight, body fat and blood pressure, but also increases HDL levels in the blood. 3. Moderate Alcohol Consumption - Probably the most controversial, some research has found that moderate alcohol consumption may reduce your chances of heart disease by increasing your HDL cholesterol levels and prevent blood clots from forming. This seems to be most apparent in people over 50 years of age that already have high LDL numbers. Moderate alcohol consumption for men is 1 to 2 drinks per day, whereas women should drink even less; closer to .5 to 1.5 drinks per day. Everything in moderation; three or more drinks per day is actually associated with increasing your chances of heart disease. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

I am 59 years old female. Recent tests show my blood sugar is 6.1%,uric acid 6.4,total cholesterol 244 mg/dl, ldl cholesterol 152 mg/dl. What medicines should I take?

MBBS, PG Diploma In Emergency Trauma Care, Fellowship in Diabetes
General Physician, Delhi
you would need medicines for uric acid and cholesterol . are you taking any other other medicines . please consult in private for the same because writing medicine are not allowed in public domain. however i am helping you with the diet that is required in your case. Dyslipidemia Do`s Take plenty of salads , cucumber, lettuce, onions, raddish, carrots.Eat sprouts- moong, moth, kale chane, chick peas. More green veg like cabbage, palak, methi, bhindi, brinjal, pumpkin. Start meal with soups- tomato , clear soups, corn, carrot, vegetable ( without butter).Skimmed double toned milk. Plenty of Fruits ( Not for you if you are diabetic ). Take Garlic, Soya, curd , apples , oats.Fish, Lean chicken, egg white.Limited use of oil – only 1-2 spoon in a meal. Aerobic exercise for 45 minutes daily if possible.Safflower oil, Til oil, Soyabean contain PUFAS and lower bad cholesterol. Omega 6 present in vegetable oil and Omega 3 in fish also lower the bad cholesterol. Dont`s Saturated Fatty Acids present in butter , egg yolk, beef, pork, ghee , cheese elevate bad cholesterol and hence should be avoided. Avoid peanuts and most nut products.Walnuts are healthy, have them in moderation.Avoid deep fried foods like Samosa, Tikki , Pakoda, poori, fried meats.Avoid red meat, pork , lamb, beef.Avoid Smoking. Alcohol in moderation only – 60 ml per day. If Obese- lose weight immediately

I am suffering from high cholesterol. Is coconut oil, a good substitute for sunflower oil. Why do drs. Advise us not to use coconut oil?

MBBS, DMRD, MD - Radio Diagnosis, FIIM(Ayurved), D.SC, Post Doctoral Fellowship of Institute of Indian Medicine, Ph.D
Non-Invasive Conservative Cardiac Care Specialist, Ahmednagar
Dear Cholesterol is made in liver as per body needs. Food does not alter this. Pl read scientific article by Dr. B M Hegade as conconut oil is like mothers milk. Vm.

hello sir I want to know how much milk is enough for a man (age 20,2000 calories) and I recently came to know that we shouldn't eat pure ghee with other oils ,is it true?

MD - Alternate Medicine, BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
One cup of milk everyday is enough for normal adults. You should eat pure ghee because it is healthy, but only in limited amounts. And other oils/ ghee such as dalda, cotton seed oils, etc should be avoided as much as possible. Sunflower oil, safflower oil, olive oil, etc are healthy oils and a better choice.

My question to nutrition.in our family we are 4 person there is 62,53,30&22 year. Pl advice which cooking oil to use for avoid diabetic BP and cholesterol etc. Pl.suggest.

MD
Yoga & Naturopathy Specialist, Delhi
All oils are the same. But eat in a very small quantity. You are extremely over weight. If all your members are like you, there is a need to reduce oil intake drastically. Otherwise you will get what you want to avoid.

Popular Health Tips

Homeopathy And Dandruff

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Homeopathy And Dandruff

HOMOEOPATHY WORKS BEST FOR DANDRUFF 

DANDRUFF [DANDRUFF]

Dry white flakes of skin, on your scalp is known as dandruff.
• It is not a health risk, but is a source of embarrassment.
• Some people have the wrong notion that it is because of bad hygiene or washing the hair often - this is a false belief. It is just that people having dandruff shed more skin then others.
• However some dermatologists suggest that is caused by a yeast fungus that is believed to breed in a combination of sebaceous oil and dead skin cells.
 
CAUSES:
• A family history of dandruff.
• Excessive sweating of the scalp.
• Excessive mental and physical stress.
• Use of alkaline soaps.
• Cold dry winter season.
Psoriasis of scalp.
• Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
• Improper carbohydrate and sugar consumption.
• Nutrient deficiencies – B-complex, essential fatty acids, selenium.
 
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:
• Flakes of skin which may be small and white or large greasy and yellow.
• Itching on scalp, eyebrows, nose or ears.
• It can be worse in winters.
 
DIETARY MANAGEMENT:
Avoid:
• Avoid fatty and oily food.
• Avoid dairy products (except yoghurt) – cheese, cottage cheese and seafood.
• Avoid sugar, white flour and chocolate
• Avoid excess alcohol.
• Avoid stress.
• Even though dandruff is dry flaking skin do not normally apply excessive oil as it may provide an environment for yeast to breed.
 
DO:
• Add one tea spoon of vinegar to the rinsing water after washing your hair.
• Before washing your hair, apply a mixture of 8 table spoon of pure organic peanut oil and 2 table spoon lemon juice and massage into the scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes then shampoo.
• You can replace oil with coconut milk or coconut water; leave it over night and shampoo.
• Wash hair with natural, herbal ingredients rather than chemical – take mixture of amla (Indian goose berri) powder, aritha (sapindus Laurifotius) powder and shikakai (Acacia Concinna) powder, soak it in water over night and wash hair with the mixture.
• Practice yoga, helps in relieving stress and will increase blood circulation.
• Natural live yoghurt is recommended as a natural conditioner.
• Avoid harsh hair dyes and hair creams.
• Softly massage your scalp when you shampoo or oil. This will help blood circulation and prevent skin from drying and cracking.
 
CONSUME:
• Drink plenty of water.
• Eat large percentage of your diet as raw fruits and vegetables.
• Consume (3-4) nuts and seeds daily.
• Consume linseed oil – 2 table spoon.
• Consumption of Aloe vera juice is also helpful.
• Consume Kelp and Japanese sea plants frequently as they supply many minerals like iodine which are better for hair growth and healing of the scalp.
• Increase intake of zinc in diet:
– Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, milk and milk products, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea.
• Consume diet rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
• Increase intake of foods that contain PUFA's (poly unsaturated fatty acids): flax / linseed oil is the richest source of PUFA's. Other oils that contain PUFA's are safflower oil, soybean oil, maize oil, sesame oil, olive oil. As all oils are high in fats, its consumption should be limited. The intake of oils should not exceed 20gms a day.
• Sesame oil and almond oil hinders the absorption of LDL (low-density lipoproteins), so it is advisable to use replace other cooking oils by sesame oil.
• Consume lots of Selenium:
– Fish, shellfish, eggs, red meat, chicken, liver, grains, Brazil nuts, garlic, wheat germ and brewer's yeast.
• Consume lots of Vitamin B complex:
– Liver, kidney, pancreas, yeast (Brewer's yeast), lean meat especially pork, fish, dairy products, poultry, egg, shrimps, crabs and lobsters,.
– Milk and milk products, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain cereals.
– Carrots, bananas, avocado, raspberries, artichoke, cauliflower, soy flour, barley, cereals, pasta, whole grains, wheat barn like rice and wheat germ, dried beans, peas and soybeans.
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Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Vegetable Oils are the oils that are obtained from various plants and their sources. They comprise of different types of oils which are procured from sources like seeds, herbs, nuts, legumes and fruits. Common examples of vegetable oils are olive oil, soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil and peanut oil.

Mustard oil is also, in fact, a vegetable oil as is extracted from the seeds of the mustard. Mustard oil is used a lot in traditional cooking. However, today, most people like to use new varieties of vegetable oils. But how healthy is this trend?

Mustard oil is a vegetable oil obtained from mustard seeds. It is dark yellow in colour and has a pungent odour. Its main benefits are

  1. Mustard oil contains good unsaturated fats. These fats don't get deposited in your blood vessels.
  2. It contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that reduce blood cholesterol levels.
  3. Mustard oil also contains ‘Glucosinolate’, a substance that has antimicrobial properties. Thus, the oil is effective against infections.
  4. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, mustard oil is very good for people with irritable bowel syndrome as it helps reduce inflammation along the lining of your stomach.

Vegetable oils

  1. In comparison to mustard, vegetable oils are tasteless and are known to adapt to the food’s natural taste, due to which consumers often pick them up over mustard.
  2. Almost all vegetable oils are cholesterol-free, but they do contain some saturated and unsaturated fats and saturated fats, as we know, do play a role in blood cholesterol level.
  3. Each one of the vegetable oil such as olive, sunflower and groundnut have some benefits and negatives. Let’s take a quick look at the oil profiles of these three common vegetable oils before you select the oil for cooking in your kitchen.

Oil profile

  1. Groundnut: It is high in MUFA or monounsaturated fats and PUFA or polyunsaturated fats, and both of these help in lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Groundnut is also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant with anti-cancer properties and skin benefits.
  2. Sunflower: What’s perhaps the best thing about this oil is its light flavor that doesn’t overpower other ingredients. It also contains a protein that helps regulate blood glucose levels.
  3. Olive: It’s high in MUFA, so it’s linked to lower risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Extra virgin oil is rich in natural plant antioxidants and these can protect against damaging free radicals. The oil is reasonably high in saturated fats, so it should be used sparingly.

You can choose the oil for yourself keeping the above guidelines in mind, as no oil is best for all. You need to match the oil with your cooking style and health needs to get the best out of it. We recommend that you mix two oils and cook. This way you get the best of the best.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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All About Paleo Diet!

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
All About Paleo Diet!

The paleo diet includes whole, unprocessed foods that resemble what they look like in nature.

Our ancestors were genetically the same as modern humans. They thrived eating such foods and were free of diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Several studies suggest that this diet can lead to significant weight loss (without calorie counting).

A paleo diet meal plan-

The basics

  1. Eat: meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats and oils.
  2. Avoid: processed foods, sugar, soft drinks, grains, most dairy products, legumes, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, margarine and trans fats.
  3. Avoid these foods


Avoid these foods and ingredients:

  1. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup: soft drinks, fruit juices, table sugar, candy, pastries, ice cream and many others.
  2. Grains: includes breads and pastas, wheat, spelt, rye, barley, etc.
  3. Legumes: beans, lentils and many more.
  4. Dairy: avoid most dairy, especially low-fat (some versions of paleo do include full-fat dairy like butter and cheese).
  5. Vegetable oils: soybean oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil and others.
  6. Trans fats: found in margarine and various processed foods. Usually referred to as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils.
  7. Artificial sweeteners: aspartame, sucralose, cyclamates, saccharin, acesulfame potassium. Use natural sweeteners instead.
  8. Highly processed foods: everything labelled “diet” or “low-fat” or has many weird ingredients. Includes artificial meal replacements.


Foods to eat on the paleo diet-

Base your diet on these real, unprocessed paleo foods.

  1. Meats: beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork and others.
  2. Fish and seafood: salmon, trout, haddock, shrimp, shellfish, etc. Choose wild-caught if you can.
  3. Eggs: choose free-range, pastured or omega-3 enriched eggs.
  4. Vegetables: broccoli, kale, peppers, onions, carrots, tomatoes, etc.
  5. Fruits: apples, bananas, oranges, pears, avocados, strawberries, blueberries and more.
  6. Tubers: potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, etc.
  7. Nuts and seeds: almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and more.
  8. Healthy fats and oils: lard, tallow, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and others.
  9. Salt and spices: sea salt, himalayan salt, garlic, turmeric, rosemary, etc.

Try to choose grass-fed, pasture raised and organic if you can afford it. If not, then just make sure to always go for the least processed option.

These are perfectly healthy in small amounts:

1. Wine: quality red wine is high in antioxidants and beneficial nutrients.
2. Dark chocolate: choose one that has 70% or higher cocoa content. Quality dark chocolate is very nutritious and extremely healthy.

What to drink when you’re thirsty -

Glass of water

  1. When it comes to hydration, water should be your go-to beverage.
  2. These aren’t exactly paleo, but most people drink them anyway:
  3. Tea is very healthy and loaded with antioxidants and various beneficial compounds. Green tea is best.
  4. Coffee is actually very high in antioxidants as well. 


A sample paleo menu for one week -

Monday

1. Breakfast: eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil. One piece of fruit.
2. Lunch: chicken salad, with olive oil. Handful of nuts.
3. Dinner: burgers (no bun), fried in butter, with vegetables and some salsa.

Tuesday

  1. Breakfast: bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover burgers from the night before.
  3. Dinner: salmon, fried in butter, with vegetables.

Wednesday

  1. Breakfast: meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).
  2. Lunch: sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.
  3. Dinner: ground beef stir fry, with vegetables. Some berries.

Thursday

  1. Breakfast: eggs and a fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover stir fry from the night before. A handful of nuts.
  3. Dinner: fried pork, with vegetables.

Friday

  1. Breakfast: eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil.
  2. Lunch: chicken salad with olive oil. Handful of nuts.
  3. Dinner: steak with vegetables and sweet potatoes.

Saturday

  1. Breakfast: bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover steak and vegetables from the night before.
  3. Dinner: baked salmon with vegetables and avocado.

Sunday

  1. Breakfast: meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).
  2. Lunch: sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.
  3. Dinner: grilled chicken wings, with vegetables and salsa.
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Nutrition for Hair and Scalp

B.Sc, BHMS
Homeopath, Lucknow
Nutrition for Hair and Scalp
  1. Nutrition for Hair and Scalp

 

Nutrients

 

Role

 

Sources

 

 

Vitamin  A

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin  B

 

 

 

 

Folic acid

 

 

 

 

 

Biotin

 

 

 

 

Vitamin C

 

 

 

 

Vitamin E

 

 

 

 

 

Prevents dryness of scalp by ensuring that body produces and controls enough supply of sebum, a natural oil required to keep scalp moist and healthy

 

 

 

Promote blood circulation in the scalp, hair growth; prevent premature graying, augment growth and repair of body tissues

 

 

Promotes hair growth by renewing the cells that grow hair. Its deficiency can lead to premature graying and hair loss

 

 

 

Promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness. It also increases the elasticity of the hair’s cortex, thus preventing breakage

 

 

Aids in improving scalp circulation. It is important to maintain capillaries that carry blood to the follicles

 

 

Increases oxygen uptake; this improves blood circulation to the scalp and growth of hair. Stimulates hair growth by enhancing the immune system

 

 

Orange and yellow coloured fruits and vegetables like orange, sweet lime, papaya, mango; green leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek (methi) leaves, also drumstick

 

 

Beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybean, nutritional yeast, bran, nuts and eggs

 

 

Beans and legumes, citrus fruits, wheat bran, whole grains, poultry, liver, green leafy vegetables

 

 

 

 Brewer’s yeast, brown rice, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds. Walnuts, saltwater fish, egg yolk, milk, legumes and whole grains

 

Indian gooseberry (amla), guava, citrus fruits, pineapple, tomatoes and green peppers

 

 

Nuts and legumes, wheat germ oil, soybeans, sunflower oil, safflower oil

 

 

Protein

 

 

 

 

 

Copper

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Zinc

 

 

 

 

 

    Iron

 

 

 

 

 

Selenium

 

 

   Silica

 

 

 

Omega-3

 

 

 

Omega-6

 

 

 

Essential for hair growth. Amino acids created from proteins can have constructive effects on the look and feel of your hair

 

 

 

Essential for hair structure and pigmentation of hair

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stimulates hair growth by enhancing immune function

 

 

 

 

Important constituent  of blood (haemoglobin); vital for adequate oxygenation of all tissues

 

 

 

 

 

Essential for normal thyroid function

 

 

Vital component of hair shaft, stimulates hair growth

 

 

Promotes a healthy scalp, regulates sebum production

 

 

Stimulates hair growth

 

 

Lean meat; pulses like whole moong dal, rajma, chickpeas (kabuli channa), soybeans; nuts, grains, soya, fish, eggs, dairy products

 

 

Mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, mustard greens, asparagus, cashews, peppermint, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, ginger, green, beans, potato

 

 

 

 

Legumes and nuts

 

 

 

 

 

Red meat, lever, fish, poultry, leafy vegetables, lentils, beans, dates

 

 

 

 

 

Nuts, meat, eggs, fish, lobster, carb

 

Green beans, cucumber, celery, asparagus, mango, strawberries

 

 

Flaxseed, walnuts, cabbage, beans, broccoli, squash, fish oil, olive oil and salmon, sardines, tuna

 

Evening primrose oil, safflower oil, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, corn and pumpkin seeds

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Dandruff - Causes and Treatment!

BHMS, Certificate in Gynaecology & Obestric, MD - Homeopathy, Ph.D Homeopathy
Homeopath, Delhi
Dandruff - Causes and Treatment!

Dry white flakes of skin, on your scalp is known as dandruff.
It is not a health risk, but is a source of embarrassment.
Some people have the wrong notion that it is because of bad hygiene or washing the hair often - this is a false belief. It is just that people having dandruff shed more skin then others.
However some dermatologists suggest that is caused by a yeast fungus that is believed to breed in a combination of sebaceous oil and dead skin cells.

CAUSES:

  • A family history of dandruff.
  • Excessive sweating of the scalp.
  • Excessive mental and physical stress.
  • Use of alkaline soaps.
  • Cold dry winter season.
  • Psoriasis of scalp.
  • Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
  • Improper carbohydrate and sugar consumption.
  • Nutrient deficiencies - B-complex, essential fatty acids, selenium.

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Flakes of skin which may be small and white or large greasy and yellow.
  • Itching on scalp, eyebrows, nose or ears.
  • It can be worse in winters.

DIETARY MANAGEMENT:
Avoid:

  • Avoid fatty and oily food.
  • Avoid dairy products (except yoghurt) - cheese, cottage cheese and seafood.
  • Avoid sugar, white flour and chocolate
  • Avoid excess alcohol.
  • Avoid stress.
  • Even though dandruff is dry flaking skin do not normally apply excessive oil as it may provide an environment for yeast to breed.

DO:

  • Add one tea spoon of vinegar to the rinsing water after washing your hair.
  • Before washing your hair, apply a mixture of 8 table spoon of pure organic peanut oil and 2 table spoon lemon juice and massage into the scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes then shampoo.
  • You can replace oil with coconut milk or coconut water; leave it over night and shampoo.
  • Wash hair with natural, herbal ingredients rather than chemical take mixture of amla (Indian goose berri) powder, aritha (sapindus Laurifotius) powder and shikakai (Acacia Concinna) powder, soak it in water over night and wash hair with the mixture.
  • Practice yoga, helps in relieving stress and will increase blood circulation.
  • Natural live yoghurt is recommended as a natural conditioner.
  • Avoid harsh hair dyes and hair creams.
  • Softly massage your scalp when you shampoo or oil. This will help blood circulation and prevent skin from drying and cracking.

CONSUME:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat large percentage of your diet as raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Consume (3-4) - nuts and seeds daily.
  • Consume linseed oil - 2 table spoon.
  • Consumption of Aelo vera juice is also helpful.
  • Consume Kelp and Japanese sea plants frequently as they supply many minerals like iodine which are better for hair growth and healing of the scalp.

Increase intake of zinc in diet:

  • Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, milk and milk products, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea.
  • Consume diet rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
  • Increase intake of foods that contain PUFA`s (poly unsaturated fatty acids): flax / linseed oil is the richest source of PUFA`s. Other oils that contain PUFA`s are safflower oil, soybean oil, maize oil, sesame oil, olive oil. As all oils are high in fats, its consumption should be limited. The intake of oils should not exceed 20gms a day.
  • Sesame oil and almond oil hinders the absorption of LDL (low-density lipoproteins), so it is advisable to use replace other cooking oils by sesame oil.

Consume lots of Selenium:

  • Fish, shellfish, eggs, red meat, chicken, liver, grains, Brazil nuts, garlic, wheat germ and brewer`s yeast.

Consume lots of Vitamin B complex:

  • Liver, kidney, pancreas, yeast (Brewer's yeast), lean meat especially pork, fish, dairy products, poultry, egg, shrimps, crabs and lobsters,.
  • Milk and milk products, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain cereals.
  • Carrots, bananas, avocado, raspberries, artichoke, cauliflower, soy flour, barley, cereals, pasta, whole grains, wheat barn like rice and wheat germ, dried beans, peas and soybeans.
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Safflower Oil
Nutritional Value of Safflower Oil
Health Benefits of Safflower Oil
Helps in improving Heart Health
Helps in preventing Diabetes
Provides hair care
Provides skin care
Helps to boost the immune system
Helps in relieving PMS symptoms
Improves blood circulation
Act as a laxative
Helps in removing waste by sweating
Helps in reducing pain
Provides relief from respiratory trouble
Helps in muscle growth
Uses of Safflower Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Safflower Oil
Cultivation of Safflower Oil