Camellia Seed Oil
What Makes Camellia Oil So VALUABLE?
Camellia Oil, commonly referred to as tea seed oil or camellia seed oil, comes from the seeds of the oil-tea plant Camellia Oleifera. It is one of the biggest ‘kept secrets’ of the Orient. Camellia oil has a lot more natural antioxidants than virtually any other botanically derived oil out there.
The Camellia Oleifera plants can generally be found in the mountains of Southeast Asia where their unique growing environment dictates:
Why Is Camellia Oil BETTER Than Olive Oil?
|Camellia Oil||Olive Oil||Benefits|
|Monounsaturated Fatty Acid||80% - 90%||55% - 83%||● Help to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels|
|● Reduce blood viscosity and improve microcirculation|
|Squalene||High Percentage||Tiny Percentage||● Strengthen brain cell vitality and protect liver as well as fight against cancer and aging|
|Tea Polyphenols||High Percentage||Low Percentage||● Anti-aging & Antiradiation|
|● Prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer|
|● Reduce fat and help digestion|
|Glycosides||High Percentage||None||● Anti-cancer and protect heart|
|Smoke-Point||428F (220 degrees) High smoke point is suitable for frying food||320F (160 degrees) Low smoke point is suitable for making salad||● Trans fatty acid will be produced when the cooking temperature is higher than the smokepoint. The incidence of heart disease will increase by 25% if you consume 5g of trans fatty acid a day|
|Vitamin E||15mg/100g||7mg/100g||● Natural Antioxidative and anti-aging vitamins|
The history of this treasure-like oil dates back over thousands of years - an era when the Chinese Emperors lived. Geishas in Japan exploited the use of this oil to remove their stage makeup whilst nourishing their flawless skin as a direct result of its highly restorative, revitalizing and reviving effect. Today, after thousands of years, this oil is used in some of the most reliable high end beauty formulas.
However, fewer have known that the seeds of the Camellia plant are harvested and the oil extracted with a cold press from these seeds can be used for COOKING. The best kind is the cold virgin pressed oil. It has an amber green hue whilst its oil diffuses a sweet and pleasant aroma with a high smoke point of 252oc which makes Camellia oil an ideal choice for all cooking methods. Beneficial nutrients will be destroyed when the oil is overheated resulting in the formation of harmful free radicals. When used in high heat frying or sautéing, camellia oil remains stable in its taste and quality.
With the ongoing craze and search for natural oils in place for a healthier lifestyle, there is no denying that Camellia Oil always comes up as the most recommended and on top of all other natural oils. Camellia Oil has the lowest amount of Saturated Fat amongst oils making it perfect for weight management and it is superbly rich in antioxidants that prevent our body cells from damages caused by free radicals.
*A diet rich in Saturated fats can drive up total cholesterol, and tip the balance toward more harmful LDL cholesterol, which prompts blockages to form in arteries in the heart and elsewhere in the body.
#Monounsaturated fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood which can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. They also provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells. Oils rich in monounsaturated fats also contribute vitamin E to the diet, an antioxidant vitamin most of us need more of.
^Oils rich in polyunsaturated fats also provide essential fats that your body needs but can’t produce itself – such as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. You must get essential fats through food. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are important for many functions in the body.
According to American Heart Association, the healthy oil should have its fatty acid ratio in 0.8:1.5:1 (SFA: MUFA: PUFA). Everyone should consume more monounsaturated fatty acid and relatively moderate amount of polyunsaturated fatty acid. And from the ratio above, we can see that the Camellia Oil has the most desirable fatty acid content.
Camellia Oil Key Properties:
- Antioxidant – Camellia oil, like green tea has great antioxidant properties. It resists rancidity strongly.
- Lipid Lowering Effects – Camellia Oil reduces LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Immune Booster - Camellia Oil is seen to be a good source to enhance the Immune system. There have been reports that consumers who do not have time to cook or use the oil as dressing, have seen taking a tea spoon a day and have since benefited from this routine.
- Anti-mutation – Camellia Oil has strong anti-cancerous properties which are able to prevent certain cancers from even occurring.
- Anti-diabetic – Camellia Oil has blood glucose lowering ability.
Key Active Composition of Camellia Oil:
- Polyphenols - are micronutrients with antioxidant activity that play an important role in preventing and in reducing the progression of diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Camellia Oil possesses more than double the amount of tea polyphenols as in Olive Oil.
- Squalene - is a Triterpenoid compound most commonly found in Shark Liver Oil which helps protect the body against cancer and the effects of aging.
- Saponins - are Glucosides with foaming characteristics possessing beneficial effects on blood cholesterol levels, cancer, bone health and stimulation of the immune system.
- Omega 3,6,9 – are Fatty Acids that are important for all systems of the body to function normally, including your skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, brain and organs. Camellia Oil has the best Golden ratio with the most desirable fatty acid contents.