Health Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed Oil is also known as Linseed Oil. The oil is created from the seeds of the flax plant. Typically, linseed oil is the yellowish drying oil that is extracted and used as a carrier in oil paint and also as a wood finish. When the flax seed is cold pressed without the extraction, it is called flaxseed oil and is used as a nutritional supplement. More information than you need to know? Maybe, but I thought it was interesting that a lowly plant seed could be used for both furniture finish and the next best nutritional supplement since the multi-vitamin.
Flaxseed oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which are excellent in a whole host of ways – heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and arthritis to name a few. Omega 3 fatty acids are typically linked with fish oils but flaxseed oil provides a good alternative source of the Omega 3’s for the vegetarian that prefers plant based supplements.
Lignan is a chemical compound produced in plants that is a powerful antioxidant. Flaxseed oil contains one of the highest concentration of lignan known. Why is that important? Studies have shown populations that ingest a high amount of lignans have a lower incidence of cancer. Lignans are antioxidant molecules with anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial attributes. These plant hormones are also believed to block the manufacturing of hormone-based tumors.
Antioxidants have proven to have considerable health uses and anti-aging attributes. As an antioxidant, the flaxseed oil’s lignans can help increase the body’s immune system, keeping harmful, disease-causing germs from deteriorating the cells. Lignans also increase the manufacturing of a substance attached to estrogen and transports it out of the body which also makes it helpful in relieving PMS symptoms.
Flaxseed oil promotes healthy growth of hair and nails. It is loaded with various nutrients and essential fatty acids that have scalp-replenishing properties. Thus, it improves the condition of dull hair and helps control hair loss. You can take about one tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily to promote faster hair growth. Alternatively, you can have one or two capsules of flaxseed oil supplement everyday.
Other uses of flaxseed oil include helping to protect the body against inflammations, high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and triglycerides and improves the absorption of calcium.
What else Flax Seed Oil can and may accomplish?
– Shortens recovery time for fatigued muscles after exertion.
– Increases the body’s production of energy and also increases stamina.
– Accelerates the healing of sprains and bruises.
– Eases weight loss in people afflicted with obesity.
– Stimulates brown fat cells and increases the metabolic rate making it easier to burn off fat.
– Improves the absorption of Calcium.
– Strengthens finger and toenails.
– Can often improve the function of the liver.
– Helpful in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff.
– Can alleviate some allergies.
– Has been scientifically proven to treat some cases of depression.
– Can improve the mental function / it is food for the brain!
– Can relieve some cases of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in females.
As you can see, flaxseed oil is a nutritional supplement that should not be overlooked. Easy to take and less expensive than the considerable supplements touted today.