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Castor Oil Question

Discussion in 'Diet' started by tfcjesse, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. tfcjesse

    tfcjesse Member

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    Hi, new to the forum, just want to say the breadth of information here is great! Might be a bit thick to wade through it for a newcomer to the diet like me, but great nonetheless. I'm very much a beginner and still learning.

    I've been taking 1 tbsp of USP grade castor oil daily. Wondering if this is detrimental to the diet (isn't it a PUFA?) If so, is it harmful enough to warrant removing it? How many grams of PUFA would it contribute?
     
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    Castor oil is 85+% Ricinoleic Acid -- Ricinoleic acid - Wikipedia

    Single double bond, hence a monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA). Similar to the oleic acid found in olive oil in terms of peroxidation susceptibility.

    Has other specific effects on stuff like the Prostaglandin EP3 receptor, which the mainstream will claim to be "anti-inflammatory", which I read as "slowing down the system" (which is contextually useful, for example, in the case of acute GI infection).

    I treat it as a medicine, to be taken in the context of specific acute issues, and not for chronic use. Personally, I have only found it to be useful topically, for certain kinds of topical ailments.

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  3. tfcjesse

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    Thanks, guessing that means it's not harmful. I'm taking it in hopes of it thickening hair/preventing further loss. Main reason for adopting/learning about the Peat diet, in addition to overall well-being, is for hair health.
     
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    Grew gyno for me.
     
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    topical usage or oral? and how long did you use it?
     
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