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Skin Nutrients in Plant Oils

I have been doing some ingredient research in the last couple of days and have noticed a lot of misinformation online (I know, shocking) about the the levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in plant oils. It seems that people are drawing from the nutritional data of the entire plant rather than just the oil. Not a lot of these substances make it in the oil. Take for example avocado oil – the fruit has almost every nutritional mineral, vitamin and antioxidant but the oil has NONE. A typical statement for avocado oil is “it is rich in Vitamin A, D & E, the youth mineral – ‘potassium'”. Yikes. Here is the nutritional data I’ve drawn from the USDA. The oils are listed from highest to lowest concentrations. I have yet to find reliable information about less popular oils such as rosehip, sea buckthorn and hemp seed but I know they are full of wonderfulness (vitamin A, vitamin C).

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Vitamin E & Tocopherols

Wheatgerm, soy bean, hazelnut, sunflower, almond, safflower, rice bran, grapeseed, babassu, canola, olive, apricot kernal, walnut oil.

Vitamin K

Canola, soybean, olive, rice bran, walnut, almond, safflower, almond, sunflower, coconut.

Choline

Wheat germ, almond, walnut, coconut oil, rice bran, sunflower, soy bean, canola.

Iron

Olive, rice bran, soy bean, coconut

Calcium

Olive

Potassium

Olive

Sodium

Olive

Zinc

Soy bean

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It is no surprise that Vitamin E is in almost every plant oil as it is so effective at preventing rancidity (props, God).

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