How To Use Flaxseed Oil For Weight Loss

Flaxseed oil has many health-boosting qualities.
Flaxseed oil has many health-boosting qualities. | Source

Flaxseed, taken from the flax plant, has become famous for it's nutritional value. Omega 6 & 9, B vitamins, protein and minerals like magnesium, zinc and potassium are just a few of its treasures.

Most of the body benefits in some way from flaxseed. The nervous and digestive systems, the heart, joints, bones and muscles receive extra strength and balancing.

I've been adding ground flaxseed into baked goods for a couple of years now - it's an easy way to add a boost of health into my family's diet. But until recently, I hadn't heard much about flaxseed in oil form, or that it supposedly could aid in weight loss.

I decided to do some checking, and found out that no official studies have shown conclusive evidence that flaxseed oil itself will cause weight loss. But, many people claim that including flaxseed oil as part of their diet strategy contributed to their success.


flax plants, flaxseeds and flaxseed (linseed) oil
flax plants, flaxseeds and flaxseed (linseed) oil | Source

How Flaxseed Can Help You Lose Weight

Incorporating this superfood into your diet can aid you in getting to your goal:

1. Omega 3s - These healthy fatty acids can actually tone down your appetite for sweets. Our bodies need these acids and cannot be produce them naturally. Without a healthy source to provide them, we instinctively look for them in foods that have carbs and sugars.

2. Fiber - Taking in plenty of fiber can help to decrease your appetite. Fiber prevents drops in blood sugar that can lead to snacking. And since food is digested over a longer period of time you'll end up feeling satisfied longer.

3. Antioxidants - These nutrients support your body's health as you lose weight. Antioxidants reduce toxins in the blood and reduce stress. They can also boost your metabolism and energy level, which encourages more physical activity.

Note: The recommended amount per day is 1-2 tbsp, divided through the day.

Curious, I decided to buy a bottle. I wondered how easy it would be to get and work into my daily diet.

The first grocery store I went to only had combinations that included flaxseed along with canola and olive oil. Two stores later, I'd found a couple of brands to choose from. The cost ended up being about $10.00 for a 8.5 oz bottle - a little pricey, but it would last a while.

Next was finding out how to actually use the oil in dishes. Turns out, it can be utilized in a lot of the same ways as olive oil, so that's how I started.

Cast your vote for Hummus

Recipe: Hummus

The flaxseed oil takes the place of olive oil here. The nutty flavor adds depth, and works well with pita bread, veggies or crackers.

hummus
hummus | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, reserve juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1/2 cup parsely, chopped

Instructions

  1. Put chickpeas, lemon juice and garlic into a food processor (or blender). Pulse to combine them until smooth. Add in some of the juice if the mixture is too thick.
  2. Transfer into a bowl and pour the oil over the top of it, and finish with a sprinkle of parsley.
A strawberry-banana fruit smoothie
A strawberry-banana fruit smoothie | Source

Other Recipe Ideas:

Fruit smoothies - Put 1 tbsp of flaxseed oil into your favorite smoothie combo (strawberry &banana, kiwi & plum, blueberries and peaches...)


Salad dressing - Whisk together flaxseed oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, pepper and just a pinch of salt.

Tips & Warnings for Flaxseed Oil

  • Some people have allergic reactions to flaxseed: stomach pain or nausea, difficulty breathing or skin rashes. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid using flaxseed.
  • Consult with your doctor to make sure that there will be no interaction with any over-the-counter or prescription blood thinners you are taking, such as aspirin, Ibuprofin or Coumadin.
  • Don't overdo a good thing. Flaxseed oil is high in calories and fat - taking in too much will cause weight gain.
  • If possible, purchase flaxseed oil that's bottled in amber-colored glass - light and oxygen act as contaminants. Storing it in your refrigerator will also help keep the oil fresh longer.
  • Be patient - results may take from a few days to several weeks to appear.
  • Consider incorporating ground flaxseed as well as oil into your weekly menu. Using flaxseed in all it's forms will provide you with all its possible benefits.

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Heather, good information! When on target for weight loss, I use smoothies almost every morning. I often put hemp in, but sometimes I use flax instead. Like you said, I like it because of the Omegas and the fibre. I know it is often listed as as "superfood." Flax is an excellent addition to a weight loss program.

Great hub. Voted up and useful, and shared.


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Heather63 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA Author

Hey Sherilee - thanks! I'm interested to know more about hemp - I've heard about it but not much. I have really come to like the taste of flaxseed, and I enjoy knowing how good it is!


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SEXYLADYDEE 3 years ago from Upstate NY

Interesting and full of information. My lupus keeps me tired so this sounds like something that can help boost me. I am going to look into it. Thanks. Voted up. Dee


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Heather63 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA Author

Hi Dee and welcome! I am sorry to hear about you having to deal with lupus and all it's effects. Finding natural ways to help ease symptoms seems to be gentler on the body usually, so I hope flaxseed can work for you.


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VirginiaLynne 3 years ago from United States

I've been exploring these "new" old seeds lately too. Having written a lot about Alzheimer's prevention, I'm trying to incorporate Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils into our diet too. I haven't tried flaxseed oil but I'm going to look for it. I love the recipe. What is the taste of the oil?


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

It's good to see this important info being highlighted. Am linking this hub to mine on flax and dieting.


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Heather63 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA Author

Hi VirginiaLynne, and congrats on finishing the apprenticeship! The oil is actually very mild flavored. It's got a light texture so it won't take over the taste of smoothies. It tried it recently in place of vegetable oil for roasting veggies, and it was great. I know it's a little pricier than some other oils, but I really do think it's a good investment, if only once in a while.


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Heather63 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA Author

Hey RTalloni - thank you so much for reading and linking me into your article! I'm looking forward to reading that. Discovering flax meal and then oil was huge for me. I'm always trying to find ways to put a boost of extra nutrition into my meals - in a sneaky way if I have to! So flax meal ended up in my pancake and cookie batters, then other things. And if the oil can help in taking off extra weight or keeping it steady, all the better!


tmouse1 3 years ago

Great tips! I am always looking for good ways to get healthy fats into my diet (and bad ones out!). I thought I was the only one who added fat to my smoothies :), but I use coconut oil in mine. i also loved the idea of using flax in hummus. My family eats a lot of hummus so I'll be sure to try that one.

You wrote that one oil had canola oil added to it - I would avoid that product. Canola oil is terrible for you.

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