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The dried florets of Carthamus tinctorius (family Compositae).
See also: safflower oil.
Synonym(s): safflower
[Ar. qurtum, fr. qartama, paint; the plant yields a dye]


1. A thistlelike Eurasian plant (Carthamus tinctorius) in the composite family, having orange flowers that produce seeds containing an oil used for cooking and in food products, cosmetics, and paints.
2. The dried flowers of this plant, formerly used as a source of yellow and orange dyes.


Chinese medicine
A herb, the flowers of which are used topically for abscesses, bruises and burns, and internally for anginal pan, coagulation disorders, delayed menses, and as a cardiovascular tonic.


n Carthamus tinctorius; parts used: seeds, flowers; uses: antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antimy-cotic, high blood pressure, fever, constipation, cough, menstrual complaints, massage oil; precautions: uterine stimulant, pregnancy, lactation, HIV/AIDS, lupus, immunosuppression, burns, sepsis. Also called
American saffron, azafran, bastard saffron, benibana, dyer's-saffron, fake saffron, false saffron, or
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The oils used were as follows: peanut oil (Hollywood Enriched Gold Peanut Oil, The Hain Celestial Group Inc, Melville, NY), olive oil (Filipo Berio Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil, Salov North America Corp, Hackensack, NJ), and safflower oil (Hollywood Enriched Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, The Hain Celestial Group Inc, Uniondale, NY).
Mean daily nutrient consumption values are shown in Table 3 for the peanut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, and no-oil groups, respectively.
REE-No significant differences in REE were observed within or between the groups during the intervention, except that the olive oil group had a higher value at week 8 compared with the safflower oil group (Figure 2).
02), but not in the peanut or safflower oil groups.
This study contrasted the effects of peanut oil, olive oil (another rich source of MUFA), and safflower oil (high in PUFA) consumption on energy balance in the 3 countries.
In Japan, safflower oil can be considered as a luxury oil because it is often purchased as a gift item at Christmas and other bonus-paying seasons.
The estimation results also suggest that as family size decreases, consumption of soybean-rapeseed oils, fish oil, rice bran-corn-cottonseed oils, and safflower oil would tend to decrease, whereas the other fats and oils would tend to increase.
Furthermore, model X predicts that increased health risk information results in decreases in the consumption for soybean-rapeseed oils, hog grease-beef tallow, fish oil, rice bran-corn-cottonseed oils, and butter but increases in the consumption of palm oil and safflower oil.
Another important observation is that model X predicts a negative consumption of palm oil and safflower oil.