About camelina oil

As the name suggests, camelina oil is the golden liquid obtained from the Camelina Sativa tree otherwise known as gold-of-pleasure, German sesame, linseed dodder, Siberian oilseed, or wild flax.  It belongs to the family Cruciferae (Brassicaceae), genus Camelina. It is a small annual shrub with tiny greenish or pale yellow-colored flowers. It often grows in flax fields; hence, it’s also known as ‘false flax’. Though it has been considered a weed in Europe and America, it’s been cultivated for over 2,000 years for its seeds in the Middle East and other parts of the world. The seeds release 30-45% of oil. Though there are several species, only two species are used for the production of oil   Camelina sativa (with spring and autumn forms) and Camelina silvestris (sowed in autumn).

Extraction of camelina oil and its uses

The oil is extracted from raw camelina seeds through expeller pressing, in which the seeds are crushed to collect the unrefined oil directly. The camelina plant is very versatile and has many uses, so is the oil. The oil can be used in medicine or as biofuel, cooking, skincare, hair care, and preparation of cosmetics. It is also used as animal feed owing to its lower content of glucosinolates, in the dye and soap industry. Unrefined, cold-pressed camelina oil is best as most of the nutritional value remains in the oil.

Like many of the Cruciferae, unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil contains significant amounts of erucic acid, however, the content (2.5%) is approximately equal to that found in low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (2%). Upon comparison of the polyunsaturated to monounsaturated fatty acid ratios, unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil has a ratio similar to soybean oil, a higher ratio than canola oil, and a ratio lower than flaxseed and the traditional sunflower oils. It is also a great source of vegetable proteins (anywhere between 27% and 32%). Though camelina seeds resemble flaxseeds, the clear, golden or dark olive-colored oil offers better nutritional value to traditional flaxseed oil including a superior, rather nutty taste, higher stability, and lower rancidity.

 

The composition of unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil gives it a high smoke point of 475°F (246°C). The smoke point of an oil is the point at which during cooking, the oil essentially starts to burn. This burning produce smoke and harmful chemical byproducts. Ideally, it is best to use an oil with a smoke point of 400°F (204°C) or higher for frying. Oils with a lower smoke point, e.g. extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil which have a smoke point of approximately 350°F (176°C), are better used for sautéing or cooking on a lower heat. Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil is therefore ideal for high temperature cooking.

 

IS UNREFINED, COLD PRESSED CAMELINA OIL GOOD FOR CONSUMPTION AND DOES IT HAVE HEALTH BENEFITS?

Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil has a high vitamin E content

Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil’s value lies in its high content of natural tocopherols (vitamin E). This also makes it very stable from an oxidative point of view. It is rich in alpha and gamma tocopherol, two forms of vitamin E. Therefore, it’s full of natural antioxidants which are beneficial for health, including helping to prevent free radical damage, which in turn can prevent heart disease, arthritis and cancer. It has also been linked to enhanced immune function, prevention of eye problems and easing menstrual symptoms. Amazingly, each 100g of oil contains as much as 110mg of vitamin E

The typical Western diet usually contains 14 to 25 times more omega-6 oils than omega-3 oils. This is problematic because over-consumption of omega-6 oils has been linked to inflammation, cancer and heart disease. Consumption of a higher ratio of omega-3 oil is recommended as healthier. Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil contains twice as much omega-3 oils as omega-6 oils. This is a healthier ratio than a number of other oils, including olive, canola or sunflower seed that have higher amounts of omega-6. It contains over 50% polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, particularly linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids; it’s 10 times richer in these acids. It has a relatively low saturated fatty acid content (10%).

There are different types of omega-3 oils, including EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)  and DHA and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA and DHA are found primarily in fish. Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil is one of the richest natural sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids (as high as 45%), especially alpha-linolenic acid. Research suggests that all the forms of omega-3 oils have their own unique health benefits. Although, there’s still some debate about which forms of omega-3 are the most beneficial. Alpha-linolenic acid has been shown to have a protective effect on heart health, whilst regulating inflammation and improving the central nervous system function. Unusually for a vegetable oil, unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil has a relatively high content of cholesterol. It contains several times the cholesterol found in other “high-cholesterol” vegetable oils.

Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil helps to control cholesterol

Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil is abundant in sterols, which are shown to interfere with cholesterol absorption. It contains relatively large amounts of an unusual sterol, brassicasterol.  It is likely that brassicaterol has similar physiological effects as other sterols such as sitosterol and stigmasterol. As one of the major phytosterols, stigmasterol is included among sterol compounds in the diet having potential to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Consumption of 2 grams per day of plant sterols is associated with a reduction in blood low-density lipoprotein cholesterol of 8-10%, lowering cardiovascular disease risk. In one study, it was shown that adding camelina oil to the participants’ diet reduced blood cholesterol levels. Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil was twice as effective when compared to olive or canola oil.

 

Most of the fats in unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil are polyunsaturated. These types of fats are needed for healthy cell function in the body. Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil is very low in saturated fats that can lead to increased blood cholesterol and heart disease.

Does unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil hydrate the skin and keep it looking younger and healthier?

Essential fatty acids (like omega-3s and omega-6s) are needed for making our skin healthier, maintaining proper skin functionalities, and treating various skin conditions. Essential fatty acids are essential building blocks of healthy cell membranes. These polyunsaturated fats also help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier, critical in keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking. Our bodies cannot produce essential fatty acids naturally, therefore, topical application of camelina oil can deliver it to our skin in significant amounts. Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil contains more than 50% of polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids. These help to keep the skin hydrated and keep it looking younger and healthier.

Does unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil help skin regeneration and boost elasticity?

Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil contains a lot of essential fatty acids (like omega-3s and omega-6s) (EFAs) help to make our skin healthier, and maintain proper skin functionalities. Essential fatty acids are essential building blocks of healthy cell membranes. These polyunsaturated fats also help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier, critical in keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking. As our body cannot produce essential fatty acids naturally, topical application of camelina oil can deliver it to our skin in significant amounts. Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil contains more than 50% of polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil helps cell regeneration and skin elasticity and slenderness recovery.

Does unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil help dermatitis and skin abnormalities?

Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil is full of polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are essential building blocks of healthy cell membranes. These polyunsaturated fats also help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier and help prevent transepidermal water loss, dermatitis, and skin abnormalities.

Does unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil have anti-inflammatory benefits?

Being rich in essential fatty acids, camelina oil has excellent anti-inflammatory benefits. It contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids. When the unrefined, cold pressed oil is applied to the skin, these essential fatty acids help to reduce inflammation and swelling while relieving and soothing tender skin. Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil effectively combats redness and inflammation of the skin.

Can unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil be used to treat eczema and psoriasis?

The large amount of essential fatty acids contained in unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil and the ensuing anti-inflammatory properties therein, make it an excellent oil for treating dryness, redness, itching and chafing. Therefore, unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil can be used to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Does unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil help to keep skin hydrated?

When applied to the skin, unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil acts as a natural skin protector and healthy barrier which helps to reduce water loss and maintain hydration of even the most delicate skin. It is the perfect choice for dry, sensitive skin, including fairer skin, and babies’ skin. On babies’ skin it helps to act as a barrier against bacteria and pollutants.

Is unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil good for sensitive or fair skin?

When applied to the skin, unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil acts as a natural skin protector and healthy barrier which helps to reduce water loss and maintain hydration of even the most delicate skin. It is the perfect choice for dry, sensitive skin, including fairer skin.

Is unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil suitable for babies’ skin?

When applied to the skin, unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil acts as a natural skin protector and healthy barrier which helps to reduce water loss and maintain hydration of even the most delicate skin. It is the perfect choice for dry, sensitive skin, particularly babies’ skin. On babies’ skin it also helps to act as a barrier against bacteria.

Does unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil protect the skin from sun damage?

Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil is an effective natural emollient that hydrates the skin, restores its natural moisture. It deeply nourishes the skin making it softer and smoother. It has a high vitamin E (tocopherols) content. This creates very good protection for the skin against photo-oxidation. Additionally the antioxidant properties of  vitamin E help to avert sun damage.

Does unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil have anti-aging benefits?

The high vitamin E (alpha and gamma tocopherols) content of unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil makes it a great antioxidant which minimizes the appearance of signs of aging. It hydrates the skin, restores its natural moisture, leaving it softer and smoother.

Is unrefined, cold pressed camelina good and nourishing for hair?

Unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil makes a great hair care treatment. The high content of essential fats and vitamin E (alpha and gamma tocopherols) means it deeply nourishes the scalp, and hair follicles. It is ideal as a daily nourisher or treatment or as a hot oil conditioning treatment, for healthier, glossier more manageable hair.

Is unrefined, cold pressed camelina good for dandruff or a flaky scalp?

Massaging the scalp with unrefined, cold pressed camelina oil is an excellent hair care treatment. The high content of essential fats and vitamin E (alpha and gamma tocopherols)  with its antioxidant properties make it a suitable treatment to nourish the scalp whilst reducing dryness and flakiness and dandruff.

Is unrefined, cold pressed camelina good for dandruff good for graying hair?

The high content of essential fats and vitamin E (alpha and gamma tocopherols) with its antioxidant properties make it a suitable treatment for helping to prevent the premature graying of hair.

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