There has been a growing awareness of risk factors associated with heart disease here in Syracuse. More people than ever before here are aware that a healthy lifestyle coupled with a healthy diet can help prevent heart disease. And so a new report that safflower oil may help prevent heart disease has aroused interest in Syracuse.
ScienceDaily has reported “A Dose of Safflower Oil Each Day Might Help Keep Heart Disease at Bay”, http://bit.ly/ef9HcN. This study has been published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, http://bit.ly/gowmWx. And so with this study in mind many people here in Syracuse who are commited to a heart healthy way of life are seen taking long walks, bike rides, or jogging daily, and buying more fish, fruits, vegetables and now also safflower oil when they stop into PriceChopper to pick up the family groceries. Lauren Proctor suggests safflower oil in a report for PriceChopper, http://bit.ly/hSHKmH.
It has been found that a daily dose of safflower oil, which is a common cooking oil, for 16 weeks can improve such health measures as good cholesterol, blood sugar, insulin sensitivity and inflammation in obese postmenopausal women who have Type 2 diabetes. Researchers discovered that safflower oil reduced abdominal fat and increased muscle tissue in this group of women after 16 weeks of daily supplementation. Also in this study within 12 weeks, the safflower oil led to a 14 percent increase in HDL, or “good,” cholesterol.
This study suggests that a daily dose of safflower oil in the diet, consisting of about 1 2/3 teaspoons, is a safe way to help reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Safflower oil contains linoleic acid, which is a PUFA, a polyunsaturated fatty acid. Many beneficial effects of safflower oil were evident after 16 weeks of supplementation. On an average among all of the women tested, these beneficial effects included an increase in insulin sensitivity of about 2.7 percent as measured by a formula known as the quantitative insulin-sensitivity check index. A higher insulin sensitivity is important for the transfer of sugar, or glucose, from the blood into the tissues, where it is used for energy. What is known as insulin resistance, or lowered insulin sensitivity, is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes.
Martha Belury, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and lead author of the study, has said “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. And this recommendation can be extended to everyone.” And so here in Syracuse remember your diet may be all the healthier for your heart if you follow this advice.
Photographer: Suat Eman
Mandel News Service