Cold Pressed Oils and their Benefits
Cold pressed oils have been gaining popularity as the healthier alternative to refined oils. Cold pressed oils are extracted with patience, by slowly crushing the seeds to release their oils. This process enhances the flavours of the oils and keeps their nutrients intact. This range of oils are thus, a storehouse of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that contribute towards the overall wellbeing of the body.
There is a wide range of cold-pressed oils available, each with numerous uses and benefits for the body, both inside and out. Some of these oils and their benefits are:
Protects Against Infection
With antifungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties, consuming mustard oil in food not only enhances the taste of the dishes, but also helps in fighting off infections. Its pungent smell is also effective in its use for clearing sinuses and curing cold. Heating the oil and inhaling its vapours or applying it on the chest can improve cough and cold.
Rich Source of Monounsaturated Fats
This variety of fats falls under polyunsaturated fats, which are essential for our well-being and contribute towards improved heart health, skin care, and prevention of premature grey hair. The dense flavours add to the aroma and taste of the food while nourishing the body from within as well.
Promotes Skin and Hair Health
Incorporating sunflower oil in the diet improves skin health by cleansing the body of toxins and aiding in the regeneration of damaged skin cells. It contains plentiful amounts of vitamins A and E, which also make it a good moisturiser. The gamma alpha linolenic acid is also beneficial for hair growth and applying this oil on the hair gives it an added shine with reduced frizz.
The unsaturated fats in the oil facilitate the release of glycogen from the liver, which is an energy booster. Thus, sunflower oil is a good source for improved energy and activity in the body, motivating us to be on the move. This contrasts with the lethargy that is caused by the consumption of saturated fats.
Loaded with Antioxidants
The cold pressed process ensures that groundnut oil is saturated with antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals that are effective in boosting skin health and improving heart health.
Improves Insulin Sensitivity
The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are adept at keeping insulin sensitivity in control. Using groundnut oil for cooking, slows down the absorption of fat, thus increasing the production of insulin and leading to better blood sugar control.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Sesame oil is rich in a compound called lignans, which is a powerful antioxidant. Further, with other nutrients it is enriched with, it is able to decrease the lipid peroxidation in the body and lowers the blood pressure in hypersensitive patients.
Great for Oil-Pulling
Cold pressed sesame oil is the oil of choice for the ayurvedic practice of “oil-pulling.” This practice ensures good oral and teeth health and is done by swishing a bit of oil in the mouth for some time. This is a powerful technique to draw out antioxidants from the body. Further, the anti-inflammatory properties of sesame oil contribute to the fight against plaque and other oral infections and diseases such as gingivitis.
With nuanced texture notes for our taste buds and a plethora of benefits for our body, the range of cold-pressed oils at Conscious Food are now available in 1 litre bottles. Sustainably sourced and packed to ensure their longevity, these bottles are packed with richness and warmth, sure to alleviate the nourishment you receive.