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Flaxseed Oil Health Benefits

Flaxseed has been used as a traditional food and remedy in Mediterranean cultures for thousands of years, the oil is derived from the seeds.

 

Flaxseed and flaxseed oil contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a precursor to the essential omega-3 fatty acid that partly and inefficiently converts into DHA and EPA more active omega-3s in the body.

 

Flaxseed oil, like fish oil, has been studied for lowering triglycerides. However, it is necessary to ingest a lot offlaxseed oil (38-60 grams) to have any noticeable effects.

 

Flaxseed oil is also applied to the skin to sooth irritations or softens roughness. Flax is unique because, traditionally, the oil hasn’t been used much.

 

The seed, however, has been used whole, cracked, or ground into flour then used in baked products.

 

Flax has attracted nutritionists and those seeking a healthier diet because it has high fiber content and it is rich in potassium.

 

Flax is often sprinkled on breakfast cereals and salads and is found in some fruit juice drinks.

 

Flax oil is also called linseed oil which is sold in hardware stores as varnish. Flaxseed and linseed are often used interchangeably but there is an important difference.

 

As they are high in dietary fibre, ground flaxseeds can help ease the passage of stools and thus relieve constipation, haemorrhoids and diverticular disease.

 

In those with diverticular disease, flaxseeds may also keep intestinal pouches free of waste and thus keep potential infection at bay.

 

Taken for inflammatory bowel disease, flaxseed oil can help to calm inflammation and repair any intestinal tract damage. In addition, the oil may prevent painful gallstones from developing and even dissolve existing stones.

 

There is a potential for side effects and interactions with medications or other dietary supplements. Flaxseed may slow down the rate your body absorbs oral medications or other nutrients if taken at the same time.

 

It is highly advisable to seek the advice of a trained natural health practitioner before taking this supplement.

 

Natural flaxseed oil is packed with health benefits that you can’t go wrong with. A daily intake of this healthy oil offers a lot of goodness.

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