3 Healthy Oils to Try Besides Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Dr. Thornburg
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3 Healthy Oils to Try Besides Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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In today’s “Health is the New Wealth!” age, the widely touted health perks of oil, particularly extra-virgin olive oil, have been heard from sea to shining sea. In fact, it has been reported that people who live in regions where olive oil is a staple part of the diet tend to live longer and healthier. More recently, nutritionists have begun to shine light on other healthy oils whose benefits are just as robust as EVOO.

Here are three healthy oils to add to your diet, based on the latest scientific evidence.

Avocado Oil

The rare properties of avocado and its oil provides various benefits; so unsurprisingly, it is becoming a starring ingredient in many healthy foods these days. It is highly preferred for its mild flavor in cooking and its ability to improve the absorption of important nutrients from other foods that we eat.

The monounsaturated fats found in avocado oil makes it a smart choice to lower or maintain a healthy blood pressure level. Numerous studies concluded that extracts from avocado oil may even reduce the pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis.

Internally, use it as a base for your stir-fry, on grilled meats or veggies, or make your own mayo to improve the nutrients in food. Externally, an avocado oil salve can strengthen your hair and Vitamin B12 cream containing avocado oil has considerable value as a long-term topical therapy for psoriasis and other skin problems.

Coconut Oil

High in healthy saturated fats, the properties of coconut oil have different effects than most other fats in your diet. They are known to boost fat burning and infuse rapid energy to both your body and brain. It is believed to be anti-aging, while also helping your heart and thyroid, protecting against arthritis and diabetes, and even promoting weight loss.


Coconut oil raises the level of HDL cholesterol, a good cholesterol in your blood that aid in improving heart health. Because the fats in coconut oil are medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), the fatty acids are shorter than most other fats, giving them an express pass to the liver where they are used as a source for energy.


As it is with olive oil, populations that consume large amounts of coconut oil lean toward healthy. Consequently, in health and beauty aisles across America, the influx of coconut oil in hair and skin products have increased dramatically over the past several years. Whether you pick up coconut oil capsules in your local market or melt it down to include in your baking recipes, adding it to your diet should be a no-brainer.

Safflower Oil

What is safflower oil? We know it’s not one of the other well-known members of the plant oil family; however, safflower oil, made from the seeds of the safflower plant, has some amazing health benefits. From treating joint pain to enhancing your skin, the effects of safflower oil can completely change the trajectory of your internal and external health.

Physicians worldwide ask their patients to incorporate foods or products that keep their immune system healthy. Safflower oil is an easy component to add to your diet to boost immunity and protect against infectious bacteria. It is the perfect replacement oil for other less healthy vegetable oils.

Ready to see some major improvements in your health journey? Drizzle it over your steamed vegetables or make a vinaigrette to reduce diabetes risk, relieve menstrual pain and chest congestions. For external use, regular safflower oil massages can lessen the intensity of discomfort from migraines and headaches.


We hope you find these healthy oils useful. Got any suggestions? Your comments are welcome—and don’t forget to share this with your friends, too.

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