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Flaxseed Oil Benefits for Health

Updated on May 20, 2017

Flaxseed oil - the oil extracted from flax seeds, is one of the oldest and most useful foods for our health. If it’s still not in your everyday diet, you’re missing out on some of the benefits of this nutrient filled oil.

Composition of Flaxseed Oil

What makes flaxseed oil so valuable? First of all, it’s the high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids: linolenic (omega-3) - 60% and linoleic (omega-6) - 20%. These important substances are essential for our life and well-being. They are not synthesized in the body and can only come with food. Flaxseed oil also has fat-soluble vitamins E, A and F.

You may be unaccustomed to the smell at first (a bit fishy), but in fact it’s a testament to the high quality of the product and proof that it’s not mixed with other vegetable oils. Flaxseed oil is produced by cold pressing flax seeds (the temperature doesn't exceed 40-50 ° C). All nutrients - vitamins, phospholipids, unsaturated fatty acids - remain during this process. It should be noted that flaxseed oil is easily oxidized, so it should be protected from exposure to sunlight and air. Keep flaxseed oil in a dark bottle, and after opening - at 4 ± 2° C, in a tightly closed container.

Flaxseed Oil Benefits

Due to the high content of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid, flaxseed oil is particularly useful for those who suffer from atherosclerosis, lipid disorders and obesity. This is because polyunsaturated fatty acids contribute to the normalization of cholesterol metabolism in the body, reducing the content of its "bad" fraction. The daily rate of consumption of flaxseed oil, as well as other vegetable oils - is about two teaspoons.

Flaxseed oil also helps with asthma, helps in fast recovery after surgery, since it has the ability to increase the overall resistance of the body. As an addition to primary therapy, it’s used in the treatment of arthritis, various renal diseases and endocrine glands. Flaxseed oil is also the right tool to support the nervous system during stressful situations.

Flaxseed oil has traditionally been used in folk medicine in the form of wet dressings for the treatment of skin diseases and burns. Flaxseed oil is extremely beneficial to the skin: moisturizes, making it smooth, soft and velvety. It’s a powerful antioxidant that promotes rapid regeneration of cells in the epidermis. If you are going to lose weight - twenty pounds or more, but the fear that your skin will start sagging as a result, take 1-2 teaspoon of flaxseed oil and use it for a body massage. Your skin will become more supple, elastic, and ultimately perfect.

Flaxseed Oil Warnings

There are times when you shouldn’t use flaxseed oil. Refrain from using it if you have gallstones, biliary tract diseases, as well as while taking antiviral medications or antidepressants. Limit the use of flaxseed oil if you have pancreatitis, hepatitis and other liver diseases. You shouldn’t use it during pregnancy and lactation, particularly if you have a tendency toward allergic reactions.

Flaxseed Oil Benefits

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Benefits

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