Why Seed Oils Drive Inflammation


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Why seed oils/manufactured oils drive inflammation and what oils you can use instead – Dr. Jason Jones Elizabeth City, NC, Chiropractor

You might have seen some posts warning people about the dangers of seed oils. Well, Millions of people today consume seeds oils in their diets. But these seeds oils, such as canola, soybean, and corn oil have been studied to cause a lot of damages to our bodies.

In fact, they’ve been confirmed by research to drive inflammation, which triggers a lot of chronic health ailments.

Basically, industrial seed oils or manufactured oils are extracted from corn, soybeans, cottonseed, rapeseed, and safflower seeds and refined, bleached, and deodorized to get the final product.

Seeds Oils and Inflammation

The rise of seed oils have caused a dramatic change in the diet of most Americans, but the bad part is that these oils contain a high amount of a type of fat called Omega-6 PUFA.

Although we need a small out of these fats to live, we don’t need nearly as much of them as is contained in the manufactured oils.

We also know of the importance of omega-3 fats, as they are essential to our health, but the Standard American Diet contains more of the omega-6s than the omega-3s and this distorts the ideal ratio, which is 1:1.

More so, several kinds of research have shown that PUFAs cause inflammation which is responsible for many chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and obesity.

Not only that, but PUFAs contain GMOs and toxic chemicals that should never be consumed.

An imbalance in the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fats in seed oils has been linked with inflammation, which leads to the development of several health ailments, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, cognitive decline, and inflammatory bowel disease.

More so, the polyunsaturated fatty acids in seed oils or manufactured oils are highly unstable and they oxidize upon exposure to light, heat, and chemical inputs.

Two harmful substances, namely: lipid peroxides and trans fats, are produced when seed oils are exposed to these factors. Trans fats lead to the development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, while lipid peroxides damage DNA and membrane lipids throughout the body.

Essential oils that prevent inflammation

Essential oils can be used in several ways with inflammatory conditions. Some may be best to diffuse, while others may be used in a massage oil for inflamed joints or muscles.


Ginger is known as an immune booster and it offers a lot of anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds present in ginger help to reduce both chronic and acute forms of inflammation.

This oil is mainly used in several formulations to reduce joint and muscle pain.


Chamomile is well known to help treat several digestive problems, or anxiety and stress. But it is also one of the best essential oils you can use for inflammation.

It is believed to be useful for most skin issues because it contains compounds that are naturally calming.


Thyme has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. It carries therapeutic properties, which are beneficial for dealing with pain and several types of illness.

This oil also contains potent compounds that help to deal with a variety of health conditions, including inflammation.

Other essential oils for inflammation include:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Turmeric
  • Helichrysum
  • Clove
  • Lavender

You can consult Dr. Jason Jones at Our Chiropractic Office in Elizabeth City, NC to learn more about healthy oils that you can use for inflammation, thereby preventing chronic diseases and improving your overall health.

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