TN-112 – Sunflower Oil Extraction

TN-112 – Sunflower Oil Extraction

Rudy Baskette, Supercritical Fluid Technologies, Inc

Sunflower seeds contain a high concentration of Vitamin E rich oil.The oil is advantageous for human consumption due to the high vitamin E content and the low amounts of saturated fat. The active component of Sunflower Oil Vitamin E is α-Tocopherol, an antioxidant that defends against ROS (reactive oxygen species). The α-Tocopherol is fat soluble and specifically prevents ROS damage during oxidations of polyunsaturated fatty acids in lipids.