Corn oil is derived from the germ of the corn plant, one of the most widely grown and relied on crops in the world.
Due to this huge availability, it is one of the most inexpensive vegetable oils, and thus one of the most popular.
People primarily use corn oil as cooking oil, due to its semi-neutral flavour and cost, in comparison to other vegetable oils.
However, some people use organic corn oil in medicinal or topical applications, and even as a massage oil.
The efficacy of this oil for health depends on the source and processing method of oil. Unrefined, organic oil delivers some benefits, as explained below.
1. Balances cholesterol levels
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are both needed by the body, as they can help to control inflammation and excess cholesterol. However, these fats aren’t balanced in most forms of corn oil, particularly in refined varieties. Therefore, this oil can reduce blood pressure and balance cholesterol in very limited quantities, so use the oil sparingly when cooking.
2. Reduces inflammation
Both omega-3 and omega-6 are known to work against inflammation when consumed in moderation in the body. This can help relieve symptoms of arthritis, as well as headaches, gastrointestinal problems and even inflammatory conditions of the skin.
3. Improves vision health
There are other ingredients besides fats in corn oil, such as flavonoids and antioxidants, such as lutein, which can reduce free radical activity in the body. Specifically, lutein is able to protect vision health and prevent the development of cataracts.
4. Prevents chronic diseases
Monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, flavonoids, and vitamin E all have antioxidant properties, which can help reduce oxidative stress throughout the body. When used in moderation, this oil can help to prevent chronic disease, while also helping to make the skin look and feel younger.
5. Reduces allergies
Some of the compounds in corn oil have been known to reduce allergic reactivity in the body, helping to keep symptoms of asthma and rhinitis at bay. Although corn oil is rarely used as a topical oil, it can help allergic reactions on the skin when applied directly.
6. Skin care
Whether you use corn oil directly on your skin or consume small amounts of it, the antioxidants and tocopherols in the oil will help prevent skin infections and help to relieve irritation, blemishes, eczema, and psoriasis. It can even help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other age spots. However, remember that this oil is very high in fat, and should always be consumed in moderation, no matter how good it makes your skin look!
7. Rich in phytosterols
There is a huge reduction in cholesterol absorption due to the presence of Phytosterols, the cholesterol-lowering activity agent.