The sunflower oil is one of the best types of vegetable fat. Due to its composition, it has the highest energy capacity, because during the burning of 1 gram of fat, 9kkal of heat are excreted, while the burning of 1g of protein or carbohydrates – only 4kkal. The created energy reserve allows the body to endure adverse conditions, especially in cold weather and diseases. Sunflower oil is a product that hasn’t got less calories than fats of animal origin. The energy value of sunflower oil is 899 kcal / 100 g, and butter – 737 calories / 100 g. In addition, the digestibility of sunflower oil is 95-98%. But one of the major reasons why we all just need to use sunflower oil that it is a unique source of many biologically active substances.
Vitamin E (tocopherol) is also called antysterylnym vitamin because it is needed for the normal process of reproduction. Lack of substance (vitamin deficiency) leads to degenerative changes in sperm count of men, and women lose their ability to normal gestation. Vitamin E also neutralizes oxidative reactions in the body and it is one of the main natural antioxidants. It has the great emportance in the prevention of atherosclerosis, muscular dystrophy and cancer. Vitamin E improves memory, because it is blocking the production of free radicals that provoke aging. No wonder it is called the “youth vitamin” because its lack in the body immediately affect the condition of hair, nails and skin. Thanks to vitamin E the blood circulation improves: reduces the ability of the blood to thicken, it prevents blood clots. No doubts that because of tocopherol our body is able to withstand a variety of viruses and infections. Here are a few important functions of this vitamin: reduces blood pressure, prevents inflammation and prevents the development of cataracts. In addition, vitamin E promotes physical strength, so it is quite neccessary for those who follow an active life. Adults need approximately 10-25 mg per day of vitamin E. The above dosage is used by athletes, pregnant and lactating women. 100 g of sunflower oil contains 50 mg of vitamin! Do not forget that natural vitamin E is better absorbed by the body than the pharmacy one.
Vitamin F (fatty acids: linoleic, linolenic) – vital complex of biologically active substances that are not synthesized in the human body and has to come regularly from the sunflower oil – a rich source of vitamin F. It is responsible for the synthesis of hormones, maintaining immunity and cell regeneration . It is the best ally in the fight against atherosclerosis: Vitamin F increases the elasticity of blood vessels, improves blood circulation, prevents cholesterol deposits in the arteries, provides healthy skin, promotes its springiness, normalize the endocrine glands, helps to burn fats, leads to weight loss, increases brain activity, improves mood and is responsible for brain development and motility in children. Regular use of vitamin F promotes disease prevention of myocardial infarction and other diseases of the cardiovascular system. In addition, fatty acids contribute the most rational consuming of protein that enters the body. Vitamin F affects the mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract, the state of blood vessels, leads to chronic liver diseases and arthritis.
100 g of sunflower oil contains 75 grams of vitamin F.
Beta-carotene (provitamin A) is necessary for the normal vision, growth, reproduction and immune system integrity. Beta-carotene, which is a source of vitamin A, is responsible for the body’s growth and vision. By itself, the beta-carotene does not have a distinct biological activity. However, entering the body, it gets an impose of enzymes and it turns into vitamin A in the metabolism process. Its magical abilities to improve visual acuity and cure the “night blindness” (inability to distinguish between objects in the dark) is known to all. In addition, Vitamin A promotes healthy growth of the child, strengthens bones, hair, teeth and gums and increases the resistance to various respiratory infections. This vitamin is also required to maintain normal state of skin, mucous membranes of the lungs, gastrointestinal tract and urinary tract.
Vitamin D (calciferol) influences on mineral metabolism and is especially necessary at a young age when there is an intensive growth of the organism. It is responsible strengthening bones and teeth. It also reduces lead intoxication. Its absence or deficiency can cause rickets. Vitamin D is especially valuable in autumn and winter, during the lack of the sunlight. If your family include some seniors, you should increase their daily dose of sunflower oil usage. You should also use it more actively in dishes for students, and you will see how their health significantly will be improved.
K1 (fillohinon) regulates blood clotting system. The green leaves of plants contains a significant amount of it. In oil, it goes during the processing of seeds which contain many vegetable impurities. It is required for the synthesis of prothrombin and proper functioning of clotting and muscle. In addition, vitamin K1 prevent from bleeding and hemorrhage.
Everyone, who is looking after their health and the health of their beloved ones, should clearly understand that by using sunflower oil, he cares about children, forms correctly nervous system and bones, and the adults who lead an active lifestyle – for vivacity and good metabolism; and the seniors – the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and atherosclerosis.