Camelina Oil is an edible oil that comes from seeds of Camelina Sativa.
Camelina oil has been used in Europe and North America for centuries for lighting lamps. There is a lot of research into the industrial applications of camelina oil, especially as biofuel. Camelina oil has been found to contain high amounts of omega – 3 fatty acids, like flaxseed oil, which make it suitable for use as a nutritional supplement and a general purpose oil.
Camelina oil is obtained by extracting oil from seeds of Camelina sativa.
Just like other oils, Camelina oil too can be extracted by a few ways.
Cold pressed oil – It retains most of the original nutrients in the oil.
Solvent extraction – It yields better extraction, but it contains harmful solvents.
Supercritical fluid extraction.
Cold pressed Camelina oil is quite healthy and exerts a few health benefits.
Camelina oil has certain therapeutic and healing properties.
Emollient – It moisturizes the skin.
Immune booster – Because of the high Vitamin E content, it boosts the immune system.
Anti-Inflammatory – It strongly inhibits inflammation both topically and when used internally.
Anti-arthritic – Because of its high omega – 3 content, it can be used to alleviate pain in arthritis.
Hair Conditioner – It can be used as a hot oil treatment for hair.
Camelina oil has a golden, somewhat olive oil like color, it tastes like almond oil. Its aroma is herbaceous with some nutty tones- very pleasant.
Camelina oil can be used as a massage oil for the skin. Because it has a nice mild aroma, it feels good during the massage. It provides plenty amount of Vitamin E and omega fatty acids directly to the skin to moisturize it and prevent it from free radical damage, and promote healthier, smooth and well moisturized skin which makes it a super oil in skin care.
Camelina oil can be used just like olive oil for a hot oil scalp massage, it provides nutrition to the scalp and gets rid of dry skin, dandruff and flakiness. It can help to keep the hair looking soft. Its antioxidants protect the hair shafts from free radical damage.
Camelina oil provides about 4 gm of omega – 3 in a single tablespoon.It can be used as a substitute for flaxseed oil for getting omega-3 in diet by simply using the oil as a salad oil. It has a nice taste and goes well with foods.
Camelina oil can be applied topically to reduce inflammation in arthritis. Regular intake of omega- reduces overall inflammation. One can experience a reduction in pain, inflammation and swelling over the joint. It also boosts mobility in the joint.
Camellia oil is good for the Brain, Eyes and Nerves
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids,like alpha linoleic acid, EPA and DHA are helpful in keeping the brain, eyes and nerves healthy. As a result, camelina oil may protect against cognitive diseases, like dementia, Alzheimer’s, eye diseases like macular degeneration and nervous damage due to inflammation.
Camelina oil can be used as a cooking oil. There is growing interest in camelina oil as a cooking oil, specially for deep frying. It has the highest smoke point of 475 ° F which is much higher than olive, coconut, canola, grapeseed and most other cooking oils. That is why one can use it for stir frying, deep frying and sautéing. Camelina oil has a nutty flavor, which makes it excellent for fried food and other delicacies.
Camelina oil provides unique nutritional benefits. Its nutrition facts are quite different from other common edible oils, which really makes its nutrition unique. Most of the fatty acids in camelina oil are polyunsaturated therefor it is a heart healthy oil with little saturated fat.
Camelina seed oil contains a nicely balanced proportion of omega-3, omega – 6 and omega – 9 fatty acids.
Omega-3 ( Alpha – Linolenic Acid ) is 35 %
Omega- 6 ( Linoleic Acid ) is 17 %
Omega-9 ( Oleic Acid ) is 17 %
Camelina oil contains a somewhat rare to find fatty acid called gondoic acid in significant amount, about 15 %. This fatty acid possesses the ability to improve lipid profile.
Camelina oil also contains many phytosterols, these are compounds that have powerful health benefits which they are:
Cholesterol – It is used for a number of very important body functions at cellular level.
Brassicasterol – Sterol which is found in mustard and rapeseed.
Campesterol – Prevents inflammation induced damage of the cartilage. Helpful in arthritis.
Stigmasterol – Strong antioxidant. It reduces cholesterol and blood glucose.
Sitosterol – It lowers blood cholesterol.
Avenasterol – Commonly seen in many foods.
It is also known that camelina oil contains high amounts of Vitamin E. the oil contains almost the entire spectrum of Vitamin E, which is brilliant from nutritional point of view. It contains about 110 mg / 100 gm of Vitamin E.