This oil is used for several purposes and has a number of health benefits. People in some parts of the world use perilla for cooking while it can also be used as a drying oil or fuel.
The perilla oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is a type of essential omega-3 fatty acids. When the oil is consumed, the body converts the alpha-linolenic acid into the two most prominent omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. This omega-3 acid provided by perilla seed oil is beneficial for the body in the following ways:
- It reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular diseases.
- It reduces symptoms and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, atherosclerosis, and many other auto-immune diseases.
- It inhibits cardiac arrhythmia and abnormal blood clotting.
- It reduces the severity of various allergies.
- It helps reduce obesity.
- It enhances memory and concentration.
- It protects against various mental abnormalities and provides neurological benefits.
The appropriate dosage of perilla depends on several factors including the age of the person and his overall health. A daily intake of 6,000 milligrams is recommended, which provides 3.3 grams of omega-3 essential oil. However, one should avoid the consumption of any dietary supplement without consulting a medical care provider.
This cooking oil has blood thinning effects, and therefore it is not recommended for people taking anticoagulants and other blood thinners such as warfarin or aspirin. Although there are a number of benefits for the skin, it may cause skin rash and allergic reactions in some people. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid the use of perilla oil.
This supplement must be complemented with adequate amounts of other nutrients for maximum metabolic regulation in the body. Dietary fibers can absorb both good as well as bad fatty acids, and therefore perilla oil should not be taken along with dietary fiber.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.