A lot has been written about the health benefits of olive oil, and I wrote about it in the past as well. However this time I would like to introduce you to less known healthy oils that might not be used regularly in your diet, but they have valuable health benefits that cannot be ignored. Here you will find how to use these healthy oils and how to incorporate them in your daily diet as a nutritional add-on. Adding a variety of different healthy oils is small quantities is part of a healthy eating and nutrition that promotes anti inflammatory effect, heart health, and helps us to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
1. Hempseed Oil
This oil has anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and contains the highest percentage of essential fatty acids in any oil. It contains the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for cell growth, healthy circulation and improving the immune system. The high content of omega-3 in this oil makes it a good vegetarian alternative to fish oil. Adding hempseed oil to your diet will benefit your heart, nervous system, improve your skin and help maintain healthy joints. This oil is also good for the brain. It supports memory and improves cognitive function, and may help prevent dementia.
How to use it? store the oil in a dark cool place. This oil is not suitable for cooking or frying at high temperatures, so it should be used cold to enjoy its health benefits. Add this oil to juices, smoothies, yogurts, salad dressings, steamed vegetables, or use a little on cheese or on bread instead of butter.
2. Flaxseed Oil
This oil is extracted from flax seeds and contains the essential fatty acid ALA, that can help prevent stroke and heart attacks. It also reduces inflammation and excessive blood clotting, assists blood vessels health, and reduce the risk of irregular heartbeat. Flaxseed oil also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
How to use it? store in a dark cool place, and use it cold, as it’s not heat stable. Drizzle on cheeses, add to juices or smoothies or add to condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise and salad dressings.
3. Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil has anti inflammatory and detoxifying effects that can help treat arthritis and rheumatic conditions. It can also relieve symptoms of hay fever, eczema and asthma. It also contains gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which reduces the pain associated with damage to the nerves due to high blood pressure from diabetes. This oil can also increase the levels of the “good” cholesterol (HDL) in the bloodstream.
How to use it? You can add it to salad dressings and stir fries. Mix with honey and garlic to treat allergies, coughs, colds and flu. If you have diarrhea, mix 1 tsp of this oil with 1 cup of plain probiotic yogurt and eat as needed. For an energy boost to start the day, mix 1 tsp of black seed oil with a glass of orange juice.
Coconut oil is another versatile oil that has many health benefits and uses and therefore deserves a separate article. Read here about coconut oil and its many health benefits: