A high-heat treatment of sesame seed oil could help treat heart disease, a new study suggests.
The research, led by the University of Southern California, involved 11 patients who received a low-heat safflow treatment.
The treatment was applied daily for five days, during which time they were monitored for inflammation and inflammation-related symptoms.
The findings, which appeared in the journal PLOS ONE, show that the treatment was able to increase blood flow and help alleviate the symptoms of inflammation and oxidative stress in patients who had previously been in high-risk clinical trials.
The study authors said the results were encouraging.
“It’s important to note that these are not the only therapeutic interventions that can help decrease inflammation and promote cardiovascular health, as other compounds that have been used in traditional medicine, such as omega-3 fatty acids, may also be effective in lowering inflammatory markers,” said lead author Dr. Michael S. Gazzaniga, a professor of internal medicine at USC.
Safflower oil is a naturally occurring oil that is rich in omega-6, omega-5 and omega-12 fatty acids.
It is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties and is found in several foods and supplements.
While some people who have heart disease can benefit from saffron oil therapy, the researchers said the study was the first to test whether saffrut oil could actually reduce the risk of heart disease.
The researchers said their research was also not aimed at helping patients who have diabetes or other heart problems, but that saffrin oil could have an effect on the heart health of those with these conditions.
“This research has potential to lead to the development of new therapies that target the inflammation and disease processes in the heart,” Dr. Gagganiga said.
The heart attack rate associated with heart disease has been increasing.
Studies show that more than 80 percent of people who experience a heart attack die from it.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as half of all Americans may be at risk for a heart failure-related heart attack.