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" LDL cholesterol.
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.
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Sunflower oil is used as a source of unsaturated fat in the diet to replace saturated fats.
Possibly EffectiveHigh cholesterol
Most research shows that including sunflower oil in the diet lowers total cholesterol and "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. However, consuming sunflower oil may be less effective at reducing cholesterol compared to palm oil and flaxseed oil. Further, sunflower oil might not be effective for lowering cholesterol in people with peripheral vascular disease or those at risk for atherosclerosis.
Some research suggests that applying a specific brand of sunflower oil (Oleozon) to the foot for 6 weeks is as effective as the drug ketoconazole for curing athlete's foot.
Sunflower oil is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in appropriate amounts.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking sunflower oil if you arepregnantorbreast-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 fasting insulin and blood sugar 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.
ModerateMedications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Sunflower oil might increase blood sugar. Diabetes medications are used to lower blood sugar. Taking sunflower oil along with diabetes medications might interfere with the blood sugar lowering effects of diabetes medications. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (Diabeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.