Benefits of Flaxseed Oil
benefits of flaxseed oil
oil comes from flaxseed. The oil is a rich source of
alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of the many essential fatty acids. The
body uses ALA to make omega-3 fatty acids.
Experts agree that omega-3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining
heart health and preventing heart
studies show that omega-3 fatty acids can bring down triglyceride (a
type of fat) levels and lower blood pressure. It can also reduce the
chances of getting a stroke or a heart
attack by thinning the blood out a little to help prevent
omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil help with treating arthritis
conditions, strangely, flaxseed oil doesn't seem to be effective for
this. Indeed, the fatty acid ALA found in flaxseed oil doesn't seem to
work as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
What else is
found in flaxseed oil?
Another useful chemical found in abundance in flaxseed (and
not the oil) is
lignans. Lignans possess antioxidant
properties. They also seem to have estrogen-like benefits
(phytoestrogens) and may be helpful in treating diseases such as
cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis (loss of bone density). It is
also helpful in easing symptoms of menopause.
the Asian population, which has more lignans in their diet than most
other cultures, have a lower incidence of breast cancer and heart
disease. Experts believe it is due to their diet containing large
amounts of these phytoestrogens.
done in human show
that flaxseed oil may be helpful in lowering cholesterol,
pressure and slowing down the development of atherosclerosis
the arteries). Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish
oil are significantly more effective at this than flaxseed
Because flaxseed (and not the oil) shows phytoestrogen properties,
women have used it to reduce breast tenderness and help reduce symptoms
of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It can also help reduce menopause
symptoms as well.
and lab studies show that active chemicals found in flaxseed can slow
down or stop cancer cells from multiplying. Human trials will need to
be done to verify this benefit.
benefits of flaxseed
Flaxseed and flaxseed oil have be suggested to help treat the following
difference between flaxseed versus flaxseed oil?
- arthritis (osteoarthritis
/ rheumatoid arthritis)
- skin conditions
- applied to the skin to treat burns
- irritable bowel disorder (IBS)
- breast cancer and other forms of cancer
- lower high
blood sugar levels
- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Flaxseed oil only has the ALA fatty acid only whereas flaxseed has the
ALA and the lignan as well.
Dose to Use
are no definite dose for the amount of flaxseed oil to take daily. Take
about 15 mL (1 tablespoonful) once daily. Dosage as high as 3
tablespoonful (45 mL) has been used to treat various health conditions.
It can be taken by mouth or added to cooking or used as a salad
A diet rich
in omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed and flaxseed oil may improve
the health of the cardiovascular system. Experts suspect that it has
the potential to reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
If you are planning
to use flaxseed oil for heart health, omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil
are a much better choice.
flaxseed oil does not contain lignan, it may not be effective as taking
grounded flaxseed for some health conditions (such as PMS, breast
tenderness, breast cancer and menopause symptoms).
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