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Safflower Oil

Safflower Oil is a cooking oil that is found in two main forms; high (up to 75%) linoleic (omega-6 fatty acid) and high (up to 75%) oleic, the main fatty acid in Olive Oil, with about 7% saturated fat content. It is a source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid.

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The Human Effect Matrix summarizes human studies to tell you what effects Safflower Oil has on your body, how much evidence there is, and how strong these effects are.

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
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Outcome Magnitude of effect
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Consistency of research results
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A decrease in C-RP has been noted with safflower oil consumption
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A slight increase in HDL-C has been noted with safflower oil
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A slight decrease in HbA1c has been noted with safflower despite no alterations in any other diabetic biomarker
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An increase in lean mass relative to control (CLA) has been noted in obese menopausal women
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No significant influence on blood glucose in diabetics
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No significant reduction in total fat mass, although in obese diabetic women a slight reduction in abdominal fat mass may exist.
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No significant influence on fasting insulin levels in diabetics
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No significant influence on insulin sensitivity in diabetics
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No significant alterations in LDL-C concentrations
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No significant alterations in triglyceride concentrations
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No significant changes in total body weight appear to be visible following ingestion of safflower oil in the diet

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