I want to talk about one of my favorite natural, plant-based ingredients – perilla seed oil. It’s derived from the plant Perilla frutescens – and there happen to be some incredible uses for this oil.
First, if you’re wondering what the perilla plant is most closely related to, it’s in the same family as mint and basil – hence its delicious aroma and flavor. For centuries, the Chinese have used perilla seed oil to help ease colds and coughs, and to help prevent the flu.
But, it’s also wonderful when it comes to maintaining a healthy body as you age.
Perilla seed oil might even help provide your body with a little extra support when it comes to joint health and heart health. Turns out, the perilla leaf is also edible, and is commonly used in Korean and Japanese cooking. The leaves have a very light sweetness and are often used as a spice for vegetables, fish dishes, rice dishes, and soups.
Perilla oil is also great when added to a stir-fry, cooking eggs or Miracle Noodles, or even used as a dressing for salad. And for a super-aromatic twist on pesto, try it instead of the olive oil.
Perilla seed oil has amazing health benefits.
It’s a pretty significant source of omega-3 fatty acids – and you know how good omega-3 fatty acids are for you. Now, sometimes it’s hard for vegetarians to find omega-3s … they usually don’t want to take fish oil or krill oil. But perilla oil is plant-based. So, it’s a really good option for vegetarians who need to up their omega-3 intake. It’s also rich in alpha linolenic acid – which is thought to be good for your cardiovascular system.
And when used topically, the omega-3s help soothe and repair aging skin. Perilla oil also helps maintain your skin’s barrier to protect against dehydration. This means it works wonders for areas where your skin might be a little drier than you like.
Not only that, but it’s full of vitamin E – another skin-healthy ingredient. But, the reason perilla oil appears to be getting some buzz lately is because of the promise associated with its rosmarinic acid content.
One of the greatest characteristics of rosmarinic acid is its beneficial biological activities. For instance, rosmarinic acid not only has antiviral properties, but it also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant capabilities as well.1
In the end …
When you’re considering oils and supplements that could potentially improve your health and overall life quality, put perilla seed oil high on your list.
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