Safflower Oil Health Benefits and Culinary Uses

Health in a teaspoon

Golden safflower oil is packed with health benefits and adds a fresh sunny flavour to your food. It is the recommended oil for lowering high cholesterol and slowing the progression of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis (hollowing of bones).


For those with Type 2 diabetes, small changes in your diet add up. The quality of the oils you use can make all the difference to the progression diabetes over the years. Doctors recommend cold-pressed oils for diabetics.1 In particular, safflower oil has a highly beneficial effect on insulin resistance and secretion.2,3 Safflower oil contains small amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). When consumed daily, CLA improves blood sugar and inflammation to offset complications associated with diabetes.4

Trim down that belly and build muscle

CLA in Kaizer Safflower Oil can shape up your body. When supplemented with CLA, your body burns fat, even while you sleep.5 A daily dose of CLA increases your resting metabolic rate so the food you eat converts into energy more efficiently. There is evidence that CLA also helps to maintain a higher muscle-to-fat ratio.6 Michael Pariza, Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Food Research Institute explains that CLA “keeps a little fat cell from getting bigger.”7
The CLA in safflower makes it a weight loss supplement.8 Over time you could see a visible difference in all the right places.

Lower cholesterol naturally

CLA in safflower oil is one of the few nutrients found in nature that increases HDL, the good cholesterol.9 HDL does a crucial job of binding to cholesterol, then carrying it to the liver to where it gets broken down and flushed out of your body. Clear out excess cholesterol with safflower oil and lower your risk of cardiovascular heart disease.10,11

CLA controls blood pressure

CLA can control hypertension naturally. Lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure with a diet that includes safflower oil. CLA in safflower oil improves the blood vessel function. This is because the receptors, which constrict and dilate blood vessels, are positively affected by CLA in safflower oil.12

Stronger bones with safflower oil

Prevent loss of bone density with a daily diet that includes safflower oil. Post-menopausal women are at increased risk of osteoporosis. Over 30-days, safflower oil has been shown to halt bone deterioration.13 If you are post-menopausal, give your bones the insurance they need with daily dose of Kaizer safflower oil.

Cooking with safflower oil

Kaizer safflower oil is a perfect complement for dishes that use lemon for enhanced flavour. In addition, the neutral taste of safflower oil is an easy addition to prepared meals, protein shakes, health smoothies, fruit medleys, and even desserts.

Suggested use

Temperature: Not suitable for heating. The smoke point is 107°C. Use cold or drizzle on prepared food.
Shelf life: Best used within 6 months of opening. Unopened, best kept for 24 months.
Storage: Keep in a cool, dark place.

The science behind safflower oil

1 Which Cooking Oils Are Best for Diabetics, Kauvery Hospital Blog. 2020, Nov.
2 Six Health Benefits of Safflower Oil, MedicalNewsToday Newsletter.
3 Asako Minami et al. Effect of Eicosapentraenoic Acid Ethyl Ester v. Oleic Acid-rich Safflower Oil on Insulin Resistance in Type 2 Diabetic Model Rats with Hypertriacylglycerolaemi, 2009 Nov. Insulin resistance
4 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. 2011.
5 Rachel N Close, Dale A Schoeller, Abigail C Watras, and Elizabeth H Nora, Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplementation Alters the 6-mo Change in Fat Oxidation During Sleep, American Journal of Nutrition. 2007, Sept.
6 Leah D Whigham, Abigail C Watras and Dale A Schoeller, Efficacy of Conjugated Linoleic Acid for Reducing Fat Mass: a Meta-analysis in Humans, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2007, May.
7 Nutritional Supplement May Support Attempts at Weight Loss, 2000, Aug.
8 Leigh E Norris et al, Comparison of Dietary Conjugated Linoleic Acid with Safflower Oil on Body Composition in Obese Postmenopausal Women with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2009, Jun.
9 Editorial Contributors and medically reviewed by Poonam Sachdev, Health Benefits of Safflower Oil, WebMD. 2021, June.
10 No Need to Avoid Omega06 Fats, Harvard Health Publishing. 2019, Aug.
11 William S Harris et al, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Risk for Cardiovascular Disease, Circulation. 2009, Jan.
12 Maede Ruyvaran et al, Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) Oil Could Improve Abdominal Obesity, Blood Pressure, and Insulin Resistance in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2022, Jan
13 Rafiqul Alam et al, Effects of Safflower Seed Oil in Osteoporosis Induced-Ovariectomized Rats, The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2006.