Tea seed oil
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Tea seed oil should not be confused with tea tree oil (melaleuca oil), an inedible essential oil extracted from the leaves of the paperbark, Melaleuca alternifolia, and used for medicinal purposes. Also, it should not be confused with Camellia oil pressed from seeds of Camellia japonica, also known as Tsubaki oil.
Tea seed oil resembles olive oil and grape seed oil in its excellent storage qualities and low content of saturated fat. Monounsaturated oleic acid may comprise up to 88 percent of the fatty acids. It is high in vitamin E and other antioxidants and contains no natural trans fats.
Tea seed oil is also used as an ingredient in the Chinese medicated oil Po Sum On.
Research by the Institute of Preventative Medicine of Sun Yat-Sen University has found camellia extract to be used in washing and laundry powders.
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