Organic Cold-pressed Poppy Oil
About half of the poppy seed contains healthy essential volatile oils and fatty acids. Linoleic and oleic acid are two worth mentioning. Oleic acid supports lower bad cholesterol and higher good cholesterol, LDL and HDL respectively.
Cold-pressed Poppy OilThe poppy plant comes from Asia and the East Mediterranean; a biennial herb that belongs to the genus Papaver, with the scientific name Papaver somniferum.
Each poppy fruit head is about 5-6 cm long and 4 cm wide, and contains lots of tiny seeds that rattle in the confines of their dried encasing. These teeny tiny dark black seeds are used in baking, salads, as a condiment, and often pressed into poppy seed oil.
Health Benefits of Poppy Seed Oil
- About half of the poppy seed contains healthy essential volatile oils and fatty acids. Linoleic and oleic acid are two worth mentioning. Oleic acid supports lower bad cholesterol and higher good cholesterol, LDL and HDL respectively. Studies show the Mediterranean diet which is loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids, decreases the risk of strokes and heart disease in the big picture of health and wellness.
- One product of cholesterol, bile salts, helps to ensure proper fiber digestion and decreases the bad cholesterol in your blood.
- They’re a great source of B vitamins; thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. All of which are essential in the metabolizing of carbs and fats.
- You’ll also get a good amount of minerals including potassium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Your cell growth and development relies on zinc. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate. Manganese is essential for optimal anti-oxidant function.
VIP – What many people fail to recognize is that poppy seeds contain minute amounts of opium alkaloids that actually help calm your nervous system, ease irritability, and increase your natural pain tolerance. By no way are these levels dangerous or will they negatively affect your health. Scientific evidence that moderation is the key.
Interesting Poppy Seed Oil Uses
Throughout the 19th century poppy seed oil was used for a variety or reasons according to healthybenefitsof.com, including fuel for lamp oil, cooking oil, varnish, and to make soap and paint.
Today poppy seed oil is used for the same things, and add to that numerous pharmaceutical and culinary applications. Poppy seed oil is used as a pharmaceutical grade carrier for various drugs and it’s also added to olive and almond oils.
Of course we can’t forget the most important culinary uses, which are as a salad dressing, dip, or sauce base. Poppy seed oil makes for a fabulous healthy fat dressing.
For decades poppy seed oil has been used to treat tumors, This oil has similar properties to lipoidol, which is integral in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
Poppy seed oil is more stable than many other oils and less likely to turn rancid.