February 13, 2016


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How does Safflower work?

The linolenic and linoleic acids in safflower seed oil might help prevent hardening of the arteries, lower cholesterol, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Safflower contains chemicals that may thin the blood to prevent clots, widen blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and stimulate the heart.

Are there safety concerns?

Safflower appears to be safe for most people. It can cause allergic reaction in individuals sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family of plants which includes ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many other plants.

While safflower seed oil is likely safe to take by mouth for pregnant or breast-feeding women, safflower flower is not. Safflower flower can cause abortions and bring on menstrual periods.

Do not take safflower if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding. Safflower seed oil is likely safe, but safflower flower is not.
  • You are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and other related plants.
  • You have stomach or intestinal ulcers.
  • You have bleeding or clotting disorders.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Safflower might increase the risk of bleeding.

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