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Daily Dose Of Safflower Oil Improves Metabolic Syndrome Symptoms In Obese Women

March 21, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A study by U.S. researchers has found that daily intake of about 1-2/3 teaspoons of safflower oil for 16 weeks safely improves good cholesterol, blood sugar, insulin sensitivity and inflammation – symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome – in obese postmenopausal women with Type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Safflower oil, which contains the polyunsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid, has also been shown to reduce abdominal fat and increase muscle tissue in obese women. The researchers found after 16 weeks an increase in insulin sensitivity of about 2.7 percent. Higher insulin sensitivity is important for the transfer of sugar, or glucose, from the blood into the tissues for energy.
Michelle L. Asp, et al., "Time-dependent effects of safflower oil to improve glycemia, inflammation and blood lipids in obese, post-menopausal women with type 2 diabetes: A randomized, double-masked, crossover study", Clinical Nutrition, March 21, 2011, © Elsevier B.V.
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