What is it?
Peanut oil is used by mouth to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease and cancer. Peanut oil is sometimes applied directly to the skin for arthritis, joint pain, dry skin, eczema, and other skin conditions. But there is limited scientific evidence to support these uses.
Peanut oil is commonly used in cooking.
Pharmaceutical companies use peanut oil in various products they prepare. Peanut oil is also used in skin care products and baby care products.
How effective is it?
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
The effectiveness ratings for PEANUT OIL are as follows:
Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for...
- Lowering cholesterol.
- Preventing heart disease.
- Preventing cancer.
- Decreasing appetite for weight loss.
- Constipation, when applied to the rectum.
- Arthritis and joint pain, when applied to the skin.
- Scalp crusting and scaling, when applied to the skin.
- Dry skin and other skin problems, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
How does it work?
Are there safety concerns?
Special precautions & warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Peanut oil is safe in amounts found in food, but there's not enough information to know if it's safe in the larger amounts that are used as medicine. Stick to normal food amounts if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Allergy to peanuts, soybeans, and related plants: Peanut oil can cause serious allergic reactions in people who are allergic to peanuts, soybeans, and other members of the Fabaceae plant family.
Are there interactions with medications?
- It is not known if this product interacts with any medicines.
Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
Are there interactions with herbs and supplements?
- There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
Are there interactions with foods?
- There are no known interactions with foods.
What dose is used?
To learn more about how this article was written, please see the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database methodology.
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