Perilla is already illustrious in the world for its amazing ability to just cure about anything and everything. Perilla is one amazing natural herb and even the oil that is obtained from it is of wonderful use yo the human population.
Perilla leaf extract and seed oil both contain a wide variety of flavones, states “Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.” Flavones are plant compounds that have potent antioxidant activity and help to prevent free radical-induced damage to two important things-
- Your cells
- Your DNA
Flavones also bind to heavy metals and help to remove them from your body.
Perilla seed oil and leaves both appear to have tumor-preventing properties. In addition, the seeds of perilla have cholesterol-lowering properties and extracts of the leaves demonstrate anti-inflammatory properties.
Perilla seeds contain a high amount of the omega-3 essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. Due to the high content of ALA present in perilla seed oil, the oil is thought to decrease serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, preliminary research suggests that ALA may also help to prevent and treat depression, reduce menstrual pain, reduce the risk for fatal heart attacks, prevent breast cancer and treat autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. ALA may also help to treat inflammatory bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease. Although ALA may help with these conditions, it should be noted that no research has been done directly on perilla seed oil for these purposes.
Perilla oil also had great antioxidant properties; hence, it is widely used to improve the condition and texture of the skin. Regular massage with this oil is said to help alleviate symptoms of dryness and roughness. It also helps with skin rejuvenation, and therefore, it is also used on damaged or mature skin. Owing to its benefits related to the skin, it find used in the manufacture of various body scrubs, body lotions and creams, and bath salts. Perilla oil is also known to have antibacterial properties. It is therefore used in helping with skin conditions such as acne and other bacterial infections.
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