Linoleic Acid ( LA) is found in vegetable oils including safflower, sunflower and corn oil. Its an “essential oil” which means its one of two fatty acids that are necessary for good health. Linoleic acid hs been shown to lower risk of heart disease, cancers and reduce diabetes complictions. When it comes to aging, lack of linoleic acid can cause dry skin, hair loss and slow wound healing.
The NHANES study found that women who had the highest levels of linoleic acid intake had fewer signs of skin aging. Its so easy to increase linoleic acid, its stupid. Use safflower or cornoil to saute food or prepare salad dressings. Safflower based mayonaise and margerine will supply the same beauty benefits. How easy is that?
But don’t overdo it. Fat is fat and linoleic acid rich oils still have 100 calories a tablespoon. RDA for linoleic acid can be met with 1-2 tablespoons of safflower or sunflower oil. The goal is to be healthy and beautiful, not to gain weight.